The quality of community reintegration planning for child molesters : effects on sexual recidivism

Willis, Gwenda M. and Grace, Randolph C. 2008, The quality of community reintegration planning for child molesters : effects on sexual recidivism, Sexual abuse, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 218-240, doi: 10.1177/1079063208318005.

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Title The quality of community reintegration planning for child molesters : effects on sexual recidivism
Author(s) Willis, Gwenda M.
Grace, Randolph C.
Journal name Sexual abuse
Volume number 20
Issue number 2
Start page 218
End page 240
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2008-06
ISSN 1079-0632
Keyword(s) pedophilia
community reintegration
Summary Research on the causal factors underlying sex offender recidivism has not considered the success or failure of the reintegration process by which the offender rejoins the community after prison. The authors developed a coding protocol to measure the quality and comprehensiveness of reintegration planning for sex offenders. The protocol was retrospectively applied to groups of recidivists and nonrecidivists who were matched on static risk level and follow-up time. The protocol demonstrated adequate reliability. Compared to nonrecidivists, recidivists had significantly lower scores relating to accommodation, employment, and the Good Lives Model secondary goods, as well as lower total reintegration plan scores. ANCOVAs showed that when IQ and level of sexual deviance were controlled for, accommodation (a place to live) was significantly related to sexual recidivism and the Good Lives Model—secondary goods was significantly related to any recidivism. These results suggest that poor reintegration planning may be a risk factor for recidivism.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1079063208318005
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences 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 ©2008, Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
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