A sex offender treatment group for men with intellectual disabilities in a community setting

John Rose*, David Rose, Cliff Hawkins, Caitlin Anderson

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Purpose: This paper aims to provide a rationale for the development of a community-based group for men with intellectual disability who have been involved in sexually inappropriate behaviour but may not have been charged. Design/methodology/approach: The group was based on a cognitive behavioural model: group process and adaptations are briefly described. The group has been run on two occasions and preliminary data on outcome are provided. Findings: Participants show a reduction in attitudes consistent with offending, an increase in sexual knowledge, and a more external locus of control on completion of the group. One of the 12 men who attended was recorded as offending again within 18 months of group completion; however, three moved to less well supervised placements. Originality/value: It is concluded that this style of treatment has some advantages over other models and may be more effective, yet further research is required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-28
Number of pages8
JournalThe British Journal of Forensic Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2012


  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Group work
  • Intellectual disability
  • Sex offenders
  • Sexual behaviour
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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