Effective treatments for juvenile sexual offenders are needed to reduce the societal impact of sexual crimes. The purpose of this paper is to review the empirical literature on treatments for this clinical population.
The authors searched PsycInfo and MEDLINE (via PubMed) for studies that evaluated outcomes of treatments with juvenile sexual offenders.
There are a small but growing number of treatment studies (n=10) with juvenile sexual offenders, and all of these studies evaluated cognitive-behavioral therapy or multisystemic therapy for problem sexual behaviors. The results of these studies are promising, although conclusions about treatment effectiveness have been frequently limited by methodological problems.
The authors provide recommendations for treatment providers and policymakers to consider in their decisions about interventions for juvenile sexual offenders. Furthermore, the authors offer suggestions for researchers who seek to develop effective interventions targeting this clinical population.
The second author is a board member of MST Associates, the organization that provides training in MST for youths with problem sexual behaviors.
Dopp, A.R., Borduin, C.M. and Brown, C.E. (2015), "Evidence-based treatments for juvenile sexual offenders: review and recommendations", Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, Vol. 7 No. 4, pp. 223-236. https://doi.org/10.1108/JACPR-01-2015-0155Download as .RIS
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