New approaches in any field require analysis. In forensic psychology, strength-based approaches are a relatively new approach used with a variety of offenders, but most especially with adult sex offenders. The goal of this literature review is to understand, through the unification of many research papers, how and why strength-based approaches provide more efficient programs and reduced recidivism for this population. While including a statistical background of adult sex offenders in Canada and a history of all the models discussed, the central tenet of this paper is that despite considerable academic debate, RNR and CBT models work well, but they work better when combined with strength-based approaches.
Kirshenbaum, Jennifer. 2022. "Improving Adult Sex Offender Rehabilitation with Strength-Based Approaches." Bridges: An Undergraduate Journal of Contemporary Connections 6, (1). https://scholars.wlu.ca/bridges_contemporary_connections/vol6/iss1/1