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Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment [saj] PP165-339968 July 20, 2001 11:10 Style ﬁle version Nov. 19th, 1999
Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2001 (
Cognitive/Behavioral Treatment for Sexual
Offenders: An Examination of Recidivism
Kathryn England Aytes,
Sam S. Olsen,
and Randall Ireson
Recent research in the treatment of sexual offenders suggests that comprehensive
cognitive/behavioral approaches may yield lower recidivism. This study reviewed
such a program, existing in Jackson County, Oregon, since 1982. Offenders were
mandated into this community-based program upon conviction of a felony or mis-
demeanor sexual offense, and averaged 2–3 years of participation. A group of of-
fenders who participated in the Jackson County program between 1985 and 1995
was identiﬁed through archival data from the Oregon Department of Corrections.
The data revealed success or nonsuccess in treatment, and any new convictions for
sexual or nonsexual offenses. A control group of nonsexual offenders in Jackson
County, and a group of sexual offenders in Linn County who did not have access to
any treatment program were also studied. As hypothesized, those Jackson County
offenders who successfully completed treatment had lower recidivism rates than
those who were unsuccessful in the program. The observed effect of the program
was particularly strong for offenders who remained in treatment for 1 year ormore.
When review was restricted to those participants, the reoffense rate for Jackson
County offenders was reduced by over 40% when compared with Linn County
KEY WORDS: cognitive/behavioral treatment; sexual offenders; recidivism.
Reviews of sexual offender recidivism rates have shown that even untreated
individuals convicted of such offenses reoffend less than individuals convicted
of drug or other violent offenses (18.5% compared to 25% and 30%, respec-
tively). Treatment lowers recidivism among sexual offenders even further (10.9%)
Jackson County Community Corrections, Medford, Oregon.
Southern Oregon University, Psychology, Ashland, Oregon.
Oregon Department of Corrections, Research and Evaluation Unit, Salem, Oregon.
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2001 Plenum Publishing Corporation