DeClue, G. (2002). Book review of two books: 1) Remaking Relapse Prevention with Sex Offenders: A Source Book & 2) Practice Standards and Guidelines for Members of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). Journal of Psychiatry and Law, 30, 285-292.

Relapse Prevention (RP) is currently the most popular form of sex offender treatment. RP and other cognitive-behavioral approaches to treatment are promulgated by ATSA, with claims that they are more effective than other approaches to treatment. Careful review of the research does not support claims that one form of sex offender treatment is better than others, or even that sex offender treatment is more effective than no treatment at all. The ATSA Standards are replete with recommendations and requirements that are not supported by any research.

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