Working positively with sexual offenders : maximizing the effectiveness of treatment

Marshall, William L., Ward, Tony, Mann, Ruth E., Mouldan, Heather, Fernandez, Yolanda M., Serran, Geris and Marshall, Liam E. 2005, Working positively with sexual offenders : maximizing the effectiveness of treatment, Journal of interpersonal violence, vol. 20, no. 9, pp. 1096-1114, doi: 10.1177/0886260505278514.

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Title Working positively with sexual offenders : maximizing the effectiveness of treatment
Author(s) Marshall, William L.
Ward, Tony
Mann, Ruth E.
Mouldan, Heather
Fernandez, Yolanda M.
Serran, Geris
Marshall, Liam E.
Journal name Journal of interpersonal violence
Volume number 20
Issue number 9
Start page 1096
End page 1114
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Beverly Hills, Calif.
Publication date 2005-09
ISSN 0886-2605
Keyword(s) sexual offenders
good lives
Summary In this article, the authors draw on literatures outside sexual offending and make suggestions for working more positively and constructively with these offenders. Although the management of risk is a necessary feature of treatment, it needs to occur in conjunction with a strength-based approach. An exclusive focus on risk can lead to overly confrontational therapeutic encounters, a lack of rapport between offenders and clinicians, and fragmented and mechanistic treatment delivery. The authors suggest that the goals of sexual offender treatment should be the attainment of good lives, which is achieved by enhancing hope, increasing self-esteem, developing approach goals, and working collaboratively with the offenders. Examples are provided of how these targets may be met. When this is done within a therapeutic context where the treatment providers display empathy and warmth and are rewarding and directive, the authors suggest that treatment effects will be maximized.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0886260505278514
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 ©2005, Sage Publications
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