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Volume 37 Issue 1 (February 1998), Pages 1-126

The treatment of six men with a learning disability convicted of sex offences with children (pages 83-98)

This paper describes a cognitive therapy for men with a learning disability convicted of sex offences against children. Methods are described which focus the session, emphasize confidentiality, ensure that the patient accepts responsibility for the offence, and deal with issues of intent, harm done to the victim and sequences of offending behaviour. Methods for producing cognitive change are described. Patients were assessed regularly and data are presented in detail. While all six men showed improvement, there were several variables which interfered with the course of treatment. The study attempts to address two major problems in work with sex offenders: the difficulty of employing a controlled treatment design and the importance of a long follow‐up period.

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