Treatment needs of violent sex offenders: re-thinking and conceptualising

Linda Maule

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Based on the reasoned premise that violent sex offenders constitute a discrete cohort of the sex offender population that can be differentiated from child sex offenders and rapists who do not cause actual physical harm, the primary aim of this research was to analyse contemporary treatment practice and investigate the development of an effective treatment model for violent sex offenders currently incarcerated in Western Australia. Ward and Siegert's Pathways Model for treatment is one that is currently popular amongst many contemporary researchers and practitioners and has been validated for juvenile sex offenders and child molesters. The model is popular and widely used and it has been assumed that it can be applied to all categories of sex offenders. In this research, the utility and applicability of this treatment model for violent sex offenders is investigated. In the first instance, the rationale for and development of the Pathways Model is described. Following this, evaluations of the model are reviewed and summarised. Particular attention is paid to any assumptions or assessments about its utility for differentiated groups of sex offenders. Finally, the model is analysed against a set of themes that were identified via semi-structured interviews conducted with Western Australian prisoners who had committed violent sex offences. One of the purposes of the interviews was to determine whether this model was relevant to this particular cohort.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Publication statusUnpublished - 2011


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