Intervention Review

Interventions for learning disabled sex offenders

  1. Lorraine LM Ashman1,*,
  2. Lorna Duggan2

Editorial Group: Cochrane Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems Group

Published Online: 23 JAN 2008

Assessed as up-to-date: 31 AUG 2007

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003682.pub2

How to Cite

Ashman LLM, Duggan L. Interventions for learning disabled sex offenders. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD003682. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003682.pub2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Learning Disability Psychiatry, Kettering, Northants, UK

  2. 2

    Care Principles Ltd, Newmarket, Suffolk, UK

*Lorraine LM Ashman, Learning Disability Psychiatry, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Barton Hall, Barton Road, Kettering, Northants, NN15 6SG, UK.,

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: Edited (no change to conclusions)
  2. Published Online: 23 JAN 2008




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The management of sex offenders is a major public concern. Behavioural and pharmacological interventions have been used for many years and more recently cognitive behavioural based interventions have become popular around the world. Programmes designed for the general population have been modified for those sex offenders with learning disability, to address their cognitive deficits. The efficacy of these modified programmes is unclear.


To determine the efficacy of interventions with learning disabled sex offenders.

Search methods

The reviewers searched the Cochrane Library 2006 (Issue 1), MEDLINE (1966 to Sept 2006), Embase (1980 to September 2006), CINAHL (1982 to September 2006), PsycINFO (1872 to September 2006), Biological Abstracts (1980 to September 2006).

Selection criteria

All randomised controlled trials comparing an intervention for learning disabled sex offenders to any other, or no intervention.

Data collection and analysis

Data were independently extracted.

Main results

No randomised controlled trial was identified.

Authors' conclusions

Using the methods described the reviewers found no randomised controlled trial evidence to guide the use of interventions for learning disabled sex offenders. Until the urgent need for randomised controlled trials is met, clinical practice will continue to be guided by either extrapolation of evidence from randomised controlled trials involving sex offenders without learning disability or non-randomised trial evidence of interventions for the learning disabled sex offender.


Plain language summary

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Interventions for learning disabled sex offenders

Sex offending is of increasing public concern with calls for longer terms of imprisonment and closer supervision of such offenders in the community. Currently a variety of treatment approaches are used including medication and talking therapies, though little is known about their success rates. The small group of sex offenders with learning disabilities pose a particular challenge as talking therapies need to be modified to account for the offender's limited understanding. We could find no randomised controlled trial evidence to guide us in the treatment of learning disabled sex offenders.



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我們搜尋了許多資料庫,包括Cochrane Library 2006 (第1期), MEDLINE (1966年至2006年9月), Embase (1980年2006年9月), CINAHL (1982年至2006年9月), PsycINFO (1872 年至2006年9月), Biological Abstracts (1980年至2006年9月) 。











此翻譯計畫由臺灣國家衛生研究院 (National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan) 統籌。