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Mapping Child Molester Treatment Progress
With the FoSOD: Denial and Explanations
Robert C. Wright
and Sandra L. Schneider
A continuing challenge in the treatment of sexual offenders involves the identiﬁca-
tion of measurement instruments that can be used to monitor treatment progress.
This paper provides evidence that the Facets of Sexual Offender Denial (FoSOD;
pronounced“fac¸ade”)Scale mapscritical aspects oftreatmentprogress,yetavoids
completed the FoSOD twice with an 18-month interval between administrations.
The Time 1 and Time 2 FoSOD scores were analyzed as a function of advancement
through a court-sanctioned sexual offender treatment program. Results demon-
strated not only that advancement in treatment corresponded with predictable
changesin FoSOD scores, butalso that FoSOD component scores,representing de-
nial associated with refutation, minimization and depersonalization of the offense,
revealed critical patterns indicative of the issues with which offenders contend at
various points within treatment. These results are discussed within a conceptual
framework that recognizes the relationships between denial in its various forms
and the explanations that offenders develop to limit their accountability for alleged
offenses, associated thoughts or behaviors, and deviant predispositions.
KEY WORDS: FoSOD; denial; measurement; self-report; treatment progress; accountability;
Currently there are few sound measurement instruments that have been re-
liably matched to the goals of sexual offender treatment. In light of this, recom-
mendations have been made to focus sustained efforts on developing high quality
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