The Impact of Treatment for Juveniles with Sexual Behavior Problems in Reducing Anxiety, Depression, and Cognitive DistortionsAryssa Washington1, Lee A. Underwood1*, Mark Yarhouse1, Yolanda Crump2, Frances L.L. Dailey1
1Regent University, School of Psychology and Counseling, Virginia, USA
2Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice, Los Angeles, USA
- Corresponding Author:
- Lee A. Underwood
Regent University, School of Psychology and Counseling, Virginia, USA
This study offers empirical evidence for the efficacy of the therapeutic treatment of juveniles with sexual behavior problems in secure-care facilities using the Louisiana Sex Offender Treatment Program (LSOTP), an integrated cognitive behavioral theory (CBT) approach. A quasiexperimental pre-test, post-test research design was implemented to examine the impact of LSOTP services among 33 adjudicated, male juveniles with sexual behavior problems in two secure-care facilities. All participants received LSOTP services and were measured for changes in depression, anxiety, and cognitive distortions (rape and molest) from Time 1 to Time 2. Results indicated that participants experienced (1) statistically significant reductions in anxiety level, and (2) measurably greater reductions in rape-related cognitive distortions. The LSOTP model of treatment used across Louisiana is related to psychosocial benefits. Recommendations are provided.