Understanding Desistance from Sexual Offending: A Thematic Review of Research Findings

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Abstract

Although there is a substantial body of work on desistance from crime in general, comparatively little is known about desistance from sexual crime. The broad aim of this paper is to provide an overview of the research methodology and preliminary findings from a recent empirical study on desistance from sexual offending conducted by the authors. Such findings have potentially important implications for policy and practice concerning sex offender risk assessment, treatment and management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-35
Number of pages16
JournalProbation Journal
Volume62
Issue number4
Early online date19 Oct 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

Bibliographical note

Special Issue on Sexual Offending and Abuse

Keywords

  • Sex offenders
  • desistance
  • methodology
  • ethics
  • research findings

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