This study evaluated treatment providers' perceptions of the impact of the Internet on the treatment of sex offenders. This study surveyed all of the agencies in South Carolina that provide treatment services for sex offenders. Analysis indicated that (a) most treatment providers were unaware of the potential negative impact of the Internet on their treatment efforts with clients, (b) most treatment providers had no policy restricting their clients' Internet use, (c) the overwhelming majority of treatment providers felt that they were poorly equipped to deal with this issue, and (d) almost all of the treatment providers felt that probation and parole would be of little assistance in helping them monitor their clients' use of the Internet. Implications of the findings for improving treatment services for sex offenders were explored and discussed.
- Sex offenders
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health