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Treatment of Young Sex Offenders

Treatment of sex offenders occurs in various forms and settings: group settings in a correctional environment, individual therapy in the correctional environment, group settings in the outpatient setting, and individual therapy in the outpatient setting. While many sex offenders are mandated to complete treatment, some sex offenders are willing to participate in order to lead more normal lives. Treatment approaches, however, can be affected by available resources in a particular setting. For example, many offender programs rely on group interventions because of cost effectiveness as well as treatment efficacy.

In addition to group and individual treatment approaches, there are other evidence-based intervention approaches for certain sex offenders. For example, certain sex offenders may be good candidates for pharmacological interventions. The use of antidepressants, hormones, and various other pharmacological agents can help the offender to achieve greater self-control of their inappropriate sexual impulses. Some sexual offender treatment programs use biofeedback approaches that measure sexual responses. Still other treatment programs use a combination approach in which group therapy is the core of the experience, with individual interventions augmenting the treatment process.

One advantage to utilizing an array of treatment approaches is the amount of empirical research used to support, alter, or discontinue a given intervention. Many programs and approaches have been evaluated in several different treatment settings to address the efficacy of the intervention. But each study is unique in how it measures success, for example, recidivism, relapse, or harm-reduction. Fortunately, sex offender treatment is an area of research that has continued to receive attention as a result of increased interest since the passing of Megan's Law and other, similar legislation.

Provide a description of the research article you selected. Include the type of sex offender and treatment approach. Then explain which treatment outcome model you would use to measure program success and why.

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Thank you for using BrainMass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are asking for help in putting together a review of an article that discusses sex offender treatment in the field. I suggest making it simple using this outline:

1. About the Article (particulars) - 50 words
2. Overview of the study - 100 words
3. Treatment/Approach - 100 words
4. Opinion - 100 words

This outline should 350 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. You can also use the listed resources to further the topic. All the best with your studies.

Sex Offender Treatment Article Review

Author: Etgar, Talia
Title: "Life and Death are in the Power of the Tongue"
Publication: Sexual Offender Treatment, Volume 7 (2012), Issue 1
URL: http://www.sexual-offender-treatment.org/index.php?id=106&type=123

Overview
This particular study focuses on the treatment of young sex offenders. This is an important study in that it explores a particular area of concern in the field in that it seeks to intervene the further exacerbation of sexual offending behavior among the young/youth. With the specific life stage that this offending population sits means that they are for the most part, still developing. Those who have committed child-on-child sexual offenses for example, being children themselves still lack the cognitive skills and the ability to understand the full weight of their actions on themselves and on others. To speak with them, communicate with them therefore ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of discussing an article in relation to offender treatment. The article in this case discusses treatment of child sex offenders. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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