Treatment effectiveness for Sex Offenders: the current evidence and its implications

Dr Jeremy O'Dea MD

Religious, legal and other social sanctions, in addition to physical interventions such as surgical castration, have been implemented for thousands of years in an attempt to contain sexual behaviour. During the second half of the last century specific pharmacotherapies and psychotherapies were introduced in the treatment of sexual disorders and the management of sex offenders, with varying degrees of success. Testosterone lowering medications and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have largely replaced surgical castration and are now successfully used to suppress sexual drive, thereby assisting patients in controlling deviant sexual behaviours. 

 

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Recorded: Sydney, Australia, April 2007

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Dr Jeremy O'Dea MD

Forensic Psychiatrist, in Private Practice and in the Prison System, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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