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Master of Science (MS)


Family Consumer Human Development

Committee Chair(s)

D. Kim Openshaw


D. Kim Openshaw


Kathleen Piercy


Thomas Lee


This study examined treatment effectiveness from the perspective of former clients of Utah level six treatment programs for juvenile males who offend sexually. Employing an anonymous, self-reported instrument, this study identified a high level of sexual recidivism (44%). In obtaining client perceptions of treatment effectiveness, this study also differentiated between the various components of level six treatment. Individual therapy was rated highest by the clients in helping them in their subsequent efforts not to recidivate. Drug and alcohol treatment received the lowest overall score, while remaining very important in the eyes of a few subjects. This suggests that clients benefit differently from the various components of treatment, and that it might be better to implement some components on an as-needed, case-by-case basis. Family involvement remains an important part of comprehensive treatment within the level six system, acting as a bridge between their residence in treatment and their returning home. This study, though limited by its small sample size, suggests that the client 's perspective, a previously overlooked source of information, can make a valuable contribution to the study of treatment effectiveness for juvenile males who offend sexually.