Desistance from sex offending : motivating change, enriching practice

Ward, Tony and Laws, D. Richard 2010, Desistance from sex offending : motivating change, enriching practice, International journal of forensic mental health, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 11-23, doi: 10.1080/14999011003791598.

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Title Desistance from sex offending : motivating change, enriching practice
Author(s) Ward, Tony
Laws, D. Richard
Journal name International journal of forensic mental health
Volume number 9
Issue number 1
Start page 11
End page 23
Publisher Simon Fraser University, Mental Health, Law and Policy Institute
Place of publication Burnaby, B.C.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1499-9013
Keyword(s) desistance
sex offenders
good lives model
Summary In this article we draw from desistance research and a strength-based rehabilitation theory, the Good Lives Model (GLM), to present a richer way of intervening with sex offenders. First, we define the concept of desistance and outline some of the major research findings concerning the factors that help offenders to cease offending. Second we briefly describe current best practice sex offender treatment and discuss its efficacy. Third, we explore the relationship between desistance research and the GLM, arguing that the GLM provides a useful conduit for desistance ideas into sex offender treatment programs. Fourth, we briefly consider the treatment implications of an integrated desistance-GLM approach.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14999011003791598
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services
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