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(p. 448) Commentary
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Tony Ward

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10.1093/med:psych/9780199733668.003.0047
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date: 17 September 2019

The pedophilia case discussed in the chapter by Jill Stinson and Judith Becker is an excellent example of empirical and theory-driven sexual offending treatment. The patient, John, was given a range of cognitive behavioral interventions that represents some of the best treatment available for sexual offenders. However, I would like to make three observations. First, John has been in treatment for a long time and has made only modest progress. Second, all three treatment approaches used are examples of a risk management approach. The focus is on John’s array of risk factors and psychological deficits, and constructive, strength-based elements only function as moderators of treatment implementation. Third, John has comorbid mental disorders alongside his pedophilia and therefore is not a straightforward example of a sex offender. This fact points to a need to take his mood disorder and personality dysfunction in account when designing a treatment program....

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