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Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 205-215

Treatment of Sexual Offenders Who Are in Categorical Denial: A Pilot Project

  • W. L. MarshallAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Queen's University
  • , David ThorntonAffiliated withProgramme Development Section, HM Prison Service
  • , Liam E. MarshallAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Queen's UniversityBath Institution Sexual Offenders' Program
  • , Yolanda M. FernandezAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Queen's UniversityBath Institution Sexual Offenders' Program
  • , Ruth MannAffiliated withProgramme Development Section, HM Prison Service

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Abstract

This paper describes an approach to treatment for sexual offenders who are in categorical denial. Other efforts to have them, at least partially, admit responsibility had failed and they were to be released from prison without any treatment. Evidence that suggests denial is not predictive of risk and that treatment may reduce the risk of these offenders is reviewed. Essentially, this paper offers a possible approach to dealing with these intractable deniers which, it is suggested, is better than not trying to modify their risk, and that may prove to be effective

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