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Motivating convicted sex offenders into treatment: a pilot study

Eleni Theodosi (School of Psychology, Cardiff University)
Mary McMurran (School of Psychology, Cardiff University)

The British Journal of Forensic Practice

ISSN: 1463-6646

Article publication date: 1 September 2006



Sex offenders who refuse a place on a sex offender treatment programme are estimated to make up about half the prison sex offender population in England and Wales. It is important to motivate refusers to participate in treatment to reduce the likelihood of their re‐offending. In this pilot study we used the Personal Concerns Inventory‐Offender Adaptation (PCI‐OA), a semi‐structured motivational assessment, further adapting it for treatment refusers. We examined the effectiveness of the PCI‐OA (TR) with nine prisoners who had refused sex offender treatment (the treatment group) compared with nine refusers who received no intervention (the control group). The treatment group were at least 0.6 times as likely to show a positive motivational shift towards sex offender treatment as the untreated group. The practice implications of these results are discussed, and further evaluation of the PCI‐OA (TR) is recommended.



Theodosi, E. and McMurran, M. (2006), "Motivating convicted sex offenders into treatment: a pilot study", The British Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 28-35.



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