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Title: Treating adolescent sex offenders in secure conditions: the experience at Glenthorne Centre

Synopsis: This paper examines the problems arising from the long-term treatment of sexually abusive adolescent boys in conditions of security. Over the last decade a number of such youngsters have been admitted to Glenthorne Centre, which has developed a management and treatment approach derived from social-learning theory. It is argued that if treatment is to be successful, consideration must be given to a variety of factors which hinder the treatment process. Four factors in particular are discussed at length: the number and severity of clinical and behavioural problems presented by this client group; resistance to treatment; the difficulty of generalizing behavioural change into community settings; and the problem of keeping staff motivated. Recognition is also given to the constraints imposed by the juvenile justice system in the form of inflexible sentencing, imposed at a time when prognosis and the response to treatment cannot be determined. Copyright 1994, 1999 Academic Press treating, adolescent, sex, offenders, secure, conditions, experience, glenthorne, centre, paper, examines, problems, arising, long-term, treatment, sexually, abusive, adolescent, boys, conditions, security, last, decade, number, youngsters, admitted, glenthorne, centre, developed, management, treatment, approach, derived, social-learning, theory, argued, treatment, successful, consideration, variety, factors, hinder, treatment, process, four, factors, particular, discussed, length, number, severity, clinical, behavioural, problems, presented, client, group, resistance, treatment, difficulty, generalizing, behavioural, change, community, settings, problem, keeping, staff, motivated, recognition, constraints, imposed, juvenile, justice, system, form, inflexible, sentencing, imposed, time, prognosis, response, treatment, determined, copyright, 1994, 1999, academic, press,

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