alexa The characteristics of persistent sexual offenders: a meta-analysis of recidivism studies.
Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Journal of Forensic Psychology

Author(s): Hanson RK, MortonBourgon KE

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Abstract A meta-analysis of 82 recidivism studies (1,620 findings from 29,450 sexual offenders) identified deviant sexual preferences and antisocial orientation as the major predictors of sexual recidivism for both adult and adolescent sexual offenders. Antisocial orientation was the major predictor of violent recidivism and general (any) recidivism. The review also identified some dynamic risk factors that have the potential of being useful treatment targets (e.g., sexual preoccupations, general self-regulation problems). Many of the variables commonly addressed in sex offender treatment programs (e.g., psychological distress, denial of sex crime, victim empathy, stated motivation for treatment) had little or no relationship with sexual or violent recidivism. This article was published in J Consult Clin Psychol and referenced in Journal of Forensic Psychology

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