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

LIEVESLEY, R., ELLIOTT, H., 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. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 25 (3), pp. 262-287. ISSN 1478-9957

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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 (SSRIs). 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: Journal article
Alternative Title: Understanding service user and therapists' experiences of incarcerated sex offenders receiving pharmacological treatment for sexual preoccupation and/or hypersexuality [working title]
Publication Title: The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology
Creators: Lievesley, R., Elliott, H., Winder, B. and Norman, C.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2014
Volume: 25
Number: 3
ISSN: 1478-9957
Identifiers:
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10.1080/14789949.2014.909867DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:43
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:37
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17207

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