Residential treatment for sexually abusive youth: An assessment of treatment outcomes

Christopher D. Jones, Roy Chancey, Laura A. Lowe, Edwin A. Risler

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Abstract

Objective: This research study assesses the effectiveness of participation in a multimodal/holistic residential treatment program on changing deviant sexual interests and functional impairment among sexually abusive youth. Method: A one-group pretest posttest design was utilized to examine pretest (intake) and posttest (discharge) scores for 58 youth between the ages of 9 and 18. Outcome measures included Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) and the Abel Assessment for Sexual Interest-Adolescent (AASI). Results: The results indicate significant improvement from pretest to posttest scores. Length of stay was not found to influence these impacts. Conclusions: The applications of these results to understanding the effectiveness of residential treatment for sexually abusive youth and the assessment of treatment outcomes for these youth are explored and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-182
Number of pages11
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010

Keywords

  • Functional impairment
  • Juvenile justice
  • Residential treatment
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual interest

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