Predicting relapse: a meta-analysis of sexual offender recidivism studies.

  title={Predicting relapse: a meta-analysis of sexual offender recidivism studies.},
  author={R. Karl Hanson and Monique T. Bussi{\`e}re},
  journal={Journal of consulting and clinical psychology},
  volume={66 2},
Evidence from 61 follow-up studies was examined to identify the factors most strongly related to recidivism among sexual offenders. On average, the sexual offense recidivism rate was low (13.4%; n = 23,393). There were, however, subgroups of offenders who recidivated at high rates. Sexual offense recidivism was best predicted by measures of sexual deviancy (e.g., deviant sexual preferences, prior sexual offenses) and, to a lesser extent, by general criminological factors (e.g., age, total prior… 

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