Understanding the Journeys of High-Risk Male Sex Offenders Voluntarily Receiving Medication to Reduce Their Sexual Preoccupation and/or Hypersexuality

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Winder, B., Lievesley, R., Swaby, H., Norman, C. and Kaul, A. Wilcox, D. T., Garrett, T. and Harking, L. (ed.) 2014. Understanding the Journeys of High-Risk Male Sex Offenders Voluntarily Receiving Medication to Reduce Their Sexual Preoccupation and/or Hypersexuality. Hoboken, New Jersey Wiley.
AuthorsWinder, B., Lievesley, R., Swaby, H., Norman, C. and Kaul, A.
EditorsWilcox, D. T., Garrett, T. and Harking, L.
Abstract

Psychological therapy is the first line treatment for sexual offenders in UK prisons, but sexual preoccupation and hypersexuality can interfere with treatment progress and daily functioning. Under such circumstances the use of anti-libidinal medication for consenting prisoners is endorsed. Here the experiences of prisoners in a UK prison on anti-libidinal medication, either the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) fluoxetine or anti-androgen cyproterone acetate (CPA), are examined. Alongside a brief discussion of psychometric data on all medicated prisoners, the focus here is on four case studies representing the range of journeys of those taking anti-libidinal medication. These case studies echo the group data analyses in demonstrating the success of anti-libidinal medication in reducing sexual preoccupation. They illustrate the complexity and individuality of that experience, highlighting the need for a close therapeutic relationship between prisoner and psychiatrist. Further research is required to assess long-term benefits in reducing sexual reoffending.

KeywordsPsychological therapy; Sexual offenders ; hypersexuality; anti-libidinal medication
ISBN9781118674413
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118674352.ch19
Web address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781118674352.ch19
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Output statusPublished
Publication dates08 Oct 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited16 Jan 2023
Year2014
PublisherWiley
Place of publicationHoboken, New Jersey
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