Psychological treatment of problematic sexual interests: cross-country comparison

Klapilová, K., Demidova, L., Elliott, H., Flinton, C., Weiss, P. and Fedoroff, P. (2019) Psychological treatment of problematic sexual interests: cross-country comparison. International Review of Psychiatry, 31 (2). pp. 169-180. ISSN 1369-1627

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This paper reviews the use of psychotherapeutic approaches to treat individuals who have committed sex crimes and/or have problematic sexual interests (PSI); including types of psychotherapy used, descriptions of preventive and reintegration programs and highlighting specific theoretical controversies. In the second part, experts from Canada, Czech Republic, Russia, United Kingdom, and the United States, who participated in an International Consensus Meeting held in Prague (2017), summarize treatment programs in their countries. The comparison revealed some general findings: each country has variability between its own programs; most countries have different programs for people who are in custody and who are in the community; the state-directed treatment programs are primarily focused on criminal individuals while non-criminal individuals are treated in preventive programs and/or in special clinics or are non-treated; the presence of PSI in patients/clients is acknowledged in most programs, although specific programs exclusively for individuals with PSI rarely exist. Studies on effectiveness are difficult to compare due to methodologic, political and cultural differences. Further communication between more countries to share knowledge about successful treatments and preventive approaches is needed, especially enhanced international collaboration between researchers and clinicians to verify the effectiveness of current clinical and experimental programs.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © [2019] Taylor and Francis. This is an author-produced version of a paper accepted for publication in International Review of Psychiatry. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Divisions: School of Social Science
Depositing User: Helen Swaby
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2019 13:46
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2021 09:52

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