alexa The effectiveness of sexual offender treatment for juveniles as measured by recidivism: a meta-analysis.


Journal of Trauma & Treatment

Author(s): Reitzel LR, Carbonell JL

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Abstract Published and unpublished data from nine studies on juvenile sexual offender treatment effectiveness were summarized by meta-analysis (N=2986, 2604 known male). Recidivism rates for sexual, non-sexual violent, non-sexual non-violent crimes, and unspecified non-sexual were as follows: 12.53\%, 24.73\%, 28.51\%, and 20.40\%, respectively, based on an average 59-month follow-up period. Four included studies contained a control group (n=2288) and five studies included a comparison treatment group (n=698). An average weighted effect size of 0.43 (CI=0.33-0.55) was obtained, indicating a statistically significant effect of treatment on sexual recidivism. However, individual study characteristics (e.g., handling of dropouts and non-equivalent follow-up periods between treatment groups) suggest that results should be interpreted with caution. A comparison of odds ratios by quality of study design indicated that higher quality designs yielded better effect sizes, though the difference between groups was not significant. This article was published in Sex Abuse and referenced in Journal of Trauma & Treatment

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