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Critical review of two empirical papers
Religion and Theology
Pages 8 (2008 words)
Studies to examine the long term recidivism rates of child molesters released from prison cannot be expected to show encouraging results. This fact is amply demonstrated by the statement that of the 197 child molesters released from prison between 1958 and 1974, 42% were reconvicted for sexual crimes, violent crimes or both.
These methods have their limitations and are not entirely dependable to forecast the behavioral patterns of the offenders. However, they are useful because they reveal the tendencies of the offenders and play a role within their own parameters in highlighting measures such as pedophilia, hostility, neuroticism, physical object anxieties, social object anxieties, muscle tension, feelings of inferiority, and how much the offenders feel responsible for their fate.
The study points out that there has been little research that has linked changeable risk indicators to the recidivism of child molesters. Perhaps one of the reasons for this lack of research is the futility of the exercise to make the study that does not go beyond showing the instances of recurrences by the offenders.
The studies are not an attempt at drawing conclusions about the regeneration of the offenders. Rather its focus is on highlighting recurrences and the number of times the offender has been convicted in the past for sexual and non-sexual offences. It uses different modes to talk the offenders out of their criminal tendencies. It provides various means by which the offenders shift their way of thinking from fantasizing to moderating their thoughts. ...
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