Psychological Research of Sex Offenders in Lithuania: State of the Art and Implications for the Future
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Purpose – Sexual abuse of adults and children has profound long-term consequences, including serious emotional, mental health and interpersonal relationship problems for the victims. Assessment, treatment and management of sex offenders are important in order to reduce sexual violence and relapse of offender. The treatment, parole and sentencing policy should be influenced by both theoretical consideration and the risk that sex oofenders pose to society (Schechory, Ben-David, 2005). Sex offenders constitute a heterogeneous group of individuals who begin abusing for a myriad of reasons. One core distinction in the research is between rapists and child molesters (Robertiello, Terry, 2007). The main goal of this presentation is to discuss findings of the study concerning psychosocial risk factors of rapists and child molesters and to outline implications for future research in this field.