Date of Award:

1-1-1998

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Family, Consumer, and Human Development

Advisor/Chair:

D. Kim Openshaw

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between collateral therapy and the adult male pedophile's ability to advance through levels of treatment. Data from a convenience sample of 27 adult male pedophiles attending therapy at Intermountain Specialized Abuse Treatment Centers were collected for this study. Data were collected from participants ' files on 22 independent variables, including the primary independent variable , collateral sessions. The dependent variable was the time it took participants to advance through levels of treatment .

A comparison of measures of central tendency for participants who had and those who had not participated in collateral therapy indicated a moderate difference in the number of days it took to complete a level when the sample was divided into collateral versus non- collateral participants . Though no t statistically significant , results of a correlational analysis revealed an inverse relationship between collateral sessions and time . Results of~ tests run to examine the difference in group means between those who had collateral therapy and those who did not indicated no significant difference in group means. However, a difference approaching significance was found in the advancement from Level II to Level III . Those who participated in collateral therapy appear to have finished Level II sooner than those who had no collateral therapy.

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