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Understanding service users’ and therapists’ experiences of pharmacological treatment for sexual preoccupation and/or hypersexuality in incarcerated sex offenders

Lievesley, R. and Elliott, H. and Winder, B. and Norman, C. (2014) Understanding service users’ and therapists’ experiences of pharmacological treatment for sexual preoccupation and/or hypersexuality in incarcerated sex offenders. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 25 (3). pp. 262-287. ISSN 1478-9949

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14789949.2014.909867

Abstract

This research comprises two qualitative studies understanding the experiences of (1) convicted sex offenders voluntarily receiving pharmacological treatment to reduce sexual preoccupation and (2) therapists working with these offenders. The studies form part of a research programme evaluating the use of pharmacological treatment with sexual offenders. In study one, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 13 sexual offenders receiving selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. In study two, interviews were conducted with eight intervention staff with varying levels of experience of working with offenders taking anti-libidinals. Thematic analysis was used and in study one, two main themes emerged: (i) the impact of the pharmacological treatment on prisoners’ daily functioning; (ii) barriers to compliance/engagement. In study two, three main themes emerged: (i) offenders’ reluctance to engage with pharmacological treatment; (ii) challenges for therapists; (iii) pharmacology: ‘just another piece of the puzzle’. Findings are discussed in relation to practice and future research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2014 Taylor & Francis. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Uncontrolled Keywords: sex offender, pharmacological treatment, qualitative, anti-libidinal, SSRI, hypersexuality
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: School of Social Science
Depositing User: Helen Elliott
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 08:37
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2018 08:37
URI: http://researchonline.bishopg.ac.uk/id/eprint/287

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