Components underlying sex offender treatment refusal: An exploratory analysis of the Treatment Refusal Scale-Sex Offender version
Tully, Ruth J.
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Approximately half of sexual offenders in prison and community settings refuse to participate in sex offender treatment programmes; however, the reasons for this remain largely unexplored. This pilot study used the previously untested Treatment Refusal Scale-Sexual Offender Version in an English prison, with 72 adult males (63 treatment accepters and nine treatment refusers) imprisoned for sexual or sexually motivated offences. Principal factors analysis revealed three factors within the scale: "pressured to take part in programmes"; "fear of negative effects"; and "programme is not relevant to/appropriate for me". Treatment refusers scored more highly than treatment accepters on the first and last components, while there was no statistically significant difference in the scores of the two groups on the "fear of negative effects" component. Suggestions for further development of the scale are discussed, along with the practice implications of these findings.