Treating adolescents who committed sexual transgressions can involve problems related to their non-voluntary participation in therapy and pertaining to the difficulty these youth often have at connecting with various emotional components of sex offender treatment. Research literature has unsatisfactorily explained their low motivation in treatment as "resistance". This embedded case study explores the role of adventure therapy in the comprehensive treatment of sexually-abusive youth and examines the experiences of five adolescent males in two residential treatment centers in Wyoming and Arizona. Findings demonstrate that adventure therapy is an under-utilized but effective modality at engaging these adolescents in the overall treatment process and represents a helpful approach to accelerate treatment progress and to inform therapists about clinical and risk assessments.
|Commitee:||James, Jeanne, Koller, Timothy|
|Department:||Counseling Psychology / Adventure-based Psychotherapy|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||MAI 46/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Physical therapy, Social psychology, Clinical psychology, Criminology|
|Keywords:||Adolescent sex offenders, Adventure therapy, Clinical assessment, Experiential, Sexual abuse, Therapeutic engagement|
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