This extensive field testing supports and widens the use of criminological principles in the treatment of child sexual abusers. The results of the study indicate that revision of widely accepted ideas about the psychology and behavior of child molesters is needed. The success of the program suggests that promising innovation and theory can be most effectively applied with a comprehensive assessment of the offender's family and social context, rather than trying to identify one key risk factor or the one-treatment-for-all approach that has dominated treatment for years. The results of this study indicate that a combination of criminological and clinical considerations should be considered in treating sexual abusers. Although other aspects of assessment were considered, they played a minor role in comparison to the significance of community views of the abuse. All offenders were involved with community views of their offenses that corresponded to the components of offenders' functioning in their communities. The findings suggest that community views are a major dimension that contributes to the assessment of risk and treatment.
The dissertation uses regression analysis to determine whether demographic characteristics, crime-related characteristics, and criminal justice contact variables are related to concurrent and future offending for a sample of 635 male and female offenders who self-reported to have committed a sex offense in the last year or the next year. Data on demographic characteristics and crime-related characteristics were obtained from the National Parolee Statistics Reports, Restricted Release Community Corrections Program records, and the Illinois Department of Corrections, Division of Adult Institutions records. Data on offender-intake and parole-outcome information were collected during interviews with current parolees during a 2-year period. The study also examines whether offender-intake or parole-outcome variables are related to future civil commitment and future unauthorized return to prison. d2c66b5586