A Project of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice

Short Version
Section 2: An Overview of Sex Offender Treatment for a Non–Clinical Audience
Sex Offender–Specific Treatment Outcome Research
15 Minutes

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Use SlideUse Slide #1: Sex Offender–Specific Treatment Outcome Research: Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

By the end of this section of the curriculum, participants will be able to:

This section provides information about research findings pertaining to the effectiveness of sex offender treatment. The fundamental question “Does sex offender treatment work?” is addressed by reviewing several studies of recidivism rates among groups of sex offenders who obtained treatment compared to groups that were untreated. Recent studies have addressed many of the methodological problems inherent in past evaluations and show that indeed, treatment does work. Information about the economic costs and benefits of sex offender–specific treatment is also provided—any reduction in reoffense rates can result in significant cost savings and reduction in human misery.