Current Psychiatry Reports

, 21:119 | Cite as

The Application of the Good Lives Model to Women Who Commit Sexual Offenses

  • Dawn M. PflugradtEmail author
  • Bradley P. Allen
Sexual Disorders (LE Marshall and H Moulden, Section Editors)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Sexual Disorders


Purpose of Review

Despite increased studies which have identified the treatment needs of women who commit sex offenses, there are no empirically derived treatment models based upon a comprehensive theoretical paradigm.

Recent Findings

Although current treatment models include similar goals and approaches, there are some important distinctions. The following article provides an overview of two treatment models, gender-responsive treatment and gendered strength-based treatment. These models were then examined to determine whether they could be integrated within a comprehensive theoretical rehabilitation framework such as the Good Lives Model.


The Good Lives Model provides a comprehensive theoretical framework that allows for integration of the gender-responsive and gendered strength-based treatment models. These treatment models utilize strength-based approaches, risk-need-responsivity principles, cognitive behavioral techniques, and relational processes to foster change.


Good lives model Offender rehabilitation Women sex offenses 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center, Evaluation UnitMadisonUSA

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