P1: GXB Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment [saj] PP1003-sebu-474121 November 17, 2003 14:41 Style ﬁle version Nov 28th, 2002 ° C Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 16, No. 1, January 2004 ( 2004) Letter to the Editor A Comment on the First Report In their compelling ﬁrst report of the collaborative outcome study on the treatment of adult and adolescent sexual offenders, Hanson et al. (2002) identiﬁed four studies of adolescent sex offender treatment that included the key criteria of comparison groups and measures of “ultimate outcome” (i.e., sexual recidivism). On the basis of the results of three of these studies, the authors concluded “current treatments appear to be equally effective for adults (OR of .61) and adolescents (OR of 0.50)” (p. 183). This meta-analysis represents an important addition to the literature addressing the question of treatment effectiveness for adolescent sex offenders. However, the conclusion that current treatments are effective for adolescent sex offenders, even with the caveat that group differences did not reach statistical signiﬁcance due to small samples (see p. 183) overreaches the data and appears to ignore important differences between treatments for which there is some evidence of effectiveness.
Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment – Springer Journals
Published: Sep 30, 2004
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