A literature review was conducted to evaluate the research findings regarding the use of polygraphy with sexual offenders. Inconsistent empirical data from various studies provide a challenge to the validity and reliability of the polygraph procedure. Treatment program utility was nonetheless enhanced by the disclosures made during the preparation process before the actual examination. Empirically based standards for the use and interpretation of polygraph results were found to be lacking. Guidelines for the responsible use of polygraphy in community-based treatment for sexual offenders are proposed. Finally, issues needing further research are identified.
Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 6, 2004
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