The Potter's Box

The Potter's Box Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 11, No. 1, 1999 Editorial In the present issue of OUT journal, two very different articles appear on adolescent sexual offending. Hunter and Figueredo affirm a finding not uncommonly reached in prior research: Completing a community-based treatment program can reduce the risk of subsequent sexual reoffending (Becker, Harris, & Sales, 1993; Bench, Kramer, & Erickson, 1997). A simi- lar result is echoed in the work by Rasmussen, also reported here: One of the most significant factors in reducing the risk of sexual and nonsexual reoffending is completing treatment. Yet attrition rates remain high for adolescent and adult offenders (Miner & Crimmins, 1997). Many fail to keep appointments. Many are expelled from programs due to noncompli- ance. It seems that sexual offenders sentenced to institutional programs would be more likely to adhere to treatment regimens. They are usually sent to such programs for the purpose of therapy and, most often, have been selected because they volunteered for such treatment. Moreover, they are subjected to pressure, at times intense, from peers and staff, to comply with treatment. Then why do offenders drop out of treatment, particularly in residential programs? One reason, frankly Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment Springer Journals

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 1999 by Plenum Publishing Corporation
Psychology; Sexual Behavior; Psychiatry; Clinical Psychology; Criminology and Criminal Justice, general
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