Dialectical behavior therapy and sex offender treatment: An integrative model

Susan Marie Quigley (1999)

Sexual offenders need to learn a variety of skills in treatment in order to successfully manage their problems and avoid relapse. One such crucial skill is the ability to regulate one's emotions. Relapse Prevention skills are compromised in offenders who have not also developed skills in regulating emotional arousal or tolerating distress. Without special attention, these deficits can undermine the offender's progress in treatment and increase risk for relapse. The purpose of this study is to explore the potential uses of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy strategies and skills of core mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance for treating sexual offenders, thereby augmenting currently existing tools for relapse prevention, and our repertoire of integrative treatments.