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Use of sex offender treatment on youth39

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and the Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) recommend sex offender therapy for youth and children who engage in sexual activity with others sufficiently younger or smaller than themselves. CSOM writes that some of them may represent cases of early onset pedophilia.

The organizations recommend

CSOM recommends suspending the youth’s sentence contingent upon successful completion of treatment. It also notes that controversial areas pose special ethical and legal risks for practitioners:

CSOM writes that clinicians should consider developing additional consent forms to cover the use of the plethysmograph, aversive conditioning, and unapproved drugs, and that clients should understand these procedures are voluntary and that they are free to decline them.

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39. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1999*; Center for Sex Offender Management, 1999*.

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