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Assessment of sex offenders: lessons learned from the assessment of non-sex offenders.
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PMID:  12839898     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Notwithstanding significant progress in the areas of risk appraisal and treatment of sex offenders, the contention is that further advancements could be realized through attention to research on non-sex offenders. Specifically, it is proposed that sex offenders share many characteristics of non-sex offenders and research with these populations should be integrated, not discrete. In particular, work in the area of multi-method offender assessment regarding criminogenic need is highlighted to suggest common treatment targets for sex offenders and non-sex offenders. As well, recent research in terms of treatment readiness is described and contrasted with the constructs of denial and minimization. Measurement strategies for cognitive schemas in use with violent offenders are also presented in order to expand the repertoire of approaches clinicians might consider as part of an assessment protocol. Further, performance-based measures of empathy and relapse prevention are described and compared with self-reports in terms of program participation and social desirability. Finally, a brief discussion of change scores and their application to post-treatment risk appraisal is provided, as is the requirement for a systematic decision model to inform post-treatment supervision.
Ralph C Serin; Donna L Mailloux
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences     Volume:  989     ISSN:  0077-8923     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci.     Publication Date:  2003 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-07-03     Completed Date:  2003-08-05     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7506858     Medline TA:  Ann N Y Acad Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  185-97; discussion 236-46     Citation Subset:  IM    
Research Branch, Correctional Service of Canada, Kingston, Ontario K7L 5E6, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Cognitive Therapy
Recurrence / prevention & control
Risk Assessment
Self Assessment (Psychology)
Sex Offenses / prevention & control,  psychology*
Sexual Behavior / psychology
Social Desirability

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