Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 10, No. 4, 1998 Letters to the Editor AROUSAL REDUCTION IN SEXUAL OFFENDERS BY ANDROGEN REDUCTION In his recent review of androgen reduction interventions for sexual offend- ers in this journal, Prentky (1997) referred to the "supposition" that there is a correlation between strength of sexual desire and testosterone level and that this remains an empirical question. He continued that most of the empirical literature addresses the relation between testosterone level and aggressive behavior, not sexual behavior. He did not refer to empirical evidence of the existence of the correlation with sexual desire of sexual offenders. Twenty sex offenders were treated with medroxyprogesterone, 150 mg intramuscularly fortnightly for four injections and a further four injections at monthly intervals. Ten of the 20 were randomly allocated also to receive imaginal desensitization (McConaghy, Blaszczynski, & Kidson, 1988). Testosterone levels were assessed at 1 month and 1 year following commencement of treatment. At these times subjects also completed a questionnaire which included the question, "In regard to the sexual behav- ior you wished to control, would you indicate on the following scale if you feel your urge to carry out this behavior has
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