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A treatment programme for sexually violent forensic psychiatric inpatients: Development and first results

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In the current study, the development of a cognitive-behavioural treatment programme for sexual offenders is described. This programme was given in combination with “treatment-as-usual” and evaluated in a sample of 14 sexual offenders admitted to a Dutch TBS hospital. TBS stands for “TerBeschikkingStelling”, meaning “at the disposal of the government”. Potential changes were evaluated by using self-report questionnaires and two observation scales. At baseline, several risk assessment instruments were also administrated. Results showed that, in general, no significant changes were found after an intensive 16-week treatment programme for sexual offenders. Some of the results, however, were encouraging and worth mentioning. These results are elaborated upon in the discussion.

Keywords: Sexually violent offenders; cognitive-behavioural treatment programmes; forensic psychiatric inpatients; treatment evaluation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: De Kijvelanden, Institute of Forensic Psychiatry, Poortugaal, The Netherlands

Publication date: December 1, 2005


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