Commentary P1: GYQ Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment [saj] pp325-sebu-363775 March 6, 2002 10:16 Style file version Nov. 19th, 1999 ° C Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 14, No. 2, April 2002 ( 2002) Lucy Berliner The Report of the Collaborative Outcome Data Project on the Effectiveness of Psychological Treatment for Sex Offenders will make an important contribution to the scientific literature on sex offender treatment. This meta-analysis is the most comprehensive evaluation of treatment studies to date. The number of subjects is large and the included studies were examined, sorted, and classified by type of design. The report concludes that contemporary cognitive–behavioral treatment approaches can reduce recidivism. Because this paper is being published in the journal of the professional society of which the investigators are members we have been especially rigorous in the peer review process and we offer this commentary. The question of the effectiveness of sex offender treatment is of great sig- nificance to the members of ATSA, to others who would deliver treatment to sex offenders, to victim advocates, to policymakers, and to citizens. All of these constituencies want the societal response to sex offenders to result in safe Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment Springer Journals

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
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Psychology; Sexual Behavior; Psychiatry; Clinical Psychology; Criminology and Criminal Justice, general
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