Introduction to the special issue on treatment outcome research

Introduction to the special issue on treatment outcome research Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 9, No. 2, 1997 Introduction to the Special Issue on Treatment Outcome Research Michael H. Miner 1 This special issue was conceptualized as a method for discussing how to improve the sexual offender treatment outcome literature. Since 1989, when Furby, Weinrott, and Blackshaw published their extensive review of the treatment outcome literature, the major question confronting the field has been whether psychotherapeutic interventions with sexual offenders are effective. The argument has recently taken an "Is the glass half full or half empty" flavor as authors argue about the quality of research designs and refute each others' conclusions by either including or excluding studies with various characteristics. While a number of literature reviews (Marshall, Jones, Ward, Johnston, & Barbaree, 1991; Marshall & Pithers, 1994; Quin- sey, Harris, Rice, & Lalumiere, 1993) and meta-analyses (Alexander, 1995; Hall, 1995) have been published since Furby et al., these papers have de- scribed the problems with published studies but have made no attempt to assess systematically the methodological and practical issues of conducting such studies. This special issue of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treat- ment is designed to explore what we as Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment Springer Journals

Introduction to the special issue on treatment outcome research

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 1997 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Psychology; Psychiatry; Criminology & Criminal Justice; Clinical Psychology; Sexual Behavior
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