The understanding and treatment of sexual offenders in the 21st century: a neurobiological perspective

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The aim of this paper is to review the evidence for the effectiveness of treatment for sexual offenders and to present an overview of the neurobiological substrates of emotion regulation. It is suggested here that sexual offenders may present with functional abnormalities in the neuroanatomical structures that underpin successful emotion control. In the second half of this paper we discuss recent advances in the understanding of potential therapeutic practices that may address problems in emotion regulation that have been noted among sexual offenders.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-84
Number of pages7
JournalDie Monatsschrift für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2014


  • sex offenders, insecure attachment, self-regulation, mindfulness, breathing techniques