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
- Corresponding Author:
- Lee A. Underwood
Regent University, School of Psychology and Counseling, Virginia, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
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.