Factors associated with success and failure in the behavioral and cognitive treatment of sexual offenders

@article{Maletzky1988FactorsAW,
  title={Factors associated with success and failure in the behavioral and cognitive treatment of sexual offenders},
  author={Barry M. Maletzky},
  journal={Annals of sex research},
  year={1988},
  volume={6},
  pages={241-258}
}
  • B. Maletzky
  • Published 1 October 1993
  • Psychology
  • Annals of sex research
A retrospective review of 4381 heterosexual and homosexual pedophiles treated in a community-based program produced preliminary evidence of factors associated with success or failure in treatment. Records of these offenders revealed a number of factors of importance in predicting treatment outcome, including victim and offender characteristics, offending behavior characteristics, and penile plethysmographic findings of deviant and normal sexual arousal. Results indicated that success in… 

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