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Antioch University

1. Zeidler, Cameron Fitzpatrick. Psychoneuroimmunology: Enhancing Treatment Efficacy and Reducing Sexual Offender Recidivism In Court-Mandated Treatment.

Degree: Psy. D., Antioch Santa Barbara: Clinical Psychology, 2016, Antioch University

Despite astronomical costs, state-funded sex offender treatment has a sole purpose of protecting communities at large. Designed to treat sexual psychopaths, costly state risk management programs are required to use traditional, outdated treatment models, which lack empirical support, lack published research, and lack curricula written at the seventh-grade reading level. Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) eagerly proves to be a new modality for Psychoeducation (PE) enhancing treatment efficacy and reducing offender recidivism in court-mandated treatment. The distinction in the present study is the difference between PE alone (control group) and PE with PNI (experimental group). Specifically, this study investigated the extent to which implementing the PNI treatment intervention was associated with decreased recidivism in court-mandated treatment. This study employed a quantitative research design with repeated measures with multiple linear regression analyses. The two-independent/question predictor variables: treatment interventions of PNI (18-months and 24-months of treatment) were compared on one dependent variable: (reduction in the participant’s chance of recidivating following treatment). An association of decreased recidivism was established with results that demonstrated a statistically significant effect or difference between the control and treatment groups. Significant effects were evaluated for using regression beta coefficients with t-value and significance of t-values associations, respectively. Furthermore, results suggested that implementing the PNI treatment intervention in the experimental group produced a statistically significant effect between groups. There was a significant bivariate correlation between implementation of treatment intervention and participants who were experiencing: (a) financial problems (ß = -4.06, p = .13), (b) family/marital problems (ß = 1.71, p = .009), (c) negative social support influence (ß = .77, p = .07) and (d) participants whose history included the presence of alcohol or drugs (ß = .69, p =.042). This variable was significant in Table 7 regression model and therefore the hypothesis was supported. Sexually deviant offenders mandated to receive treatment for sex offences were more likely to benefit from PNI treatment than their non-PNI counterparts in reducing their risk of recidivism. Implications for further research, as well as the need to formulate specialized treatment for psychopathic sex offenders are discussed. The electronic version of the dissertation is accessible at the Ohiolink ETD center http://www.ohiolink.edu/etd. Advisors/Committee Members: Kia-Keating, Brett (Committee Chair).

Subjects/Keywords: Clinical Psychology; Cognitive Therapy; Criminology; Immunology; Law; Mental Health; Neurosciences; Psychotherapy; Quantitative Psychology; Psychoneuroimmunology; Recidivism; Risk Assessment; Sexual Paraphilia; Court-Mandated Treatment; Sexual Offender; Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; Psychoeducation; Quantitative Research; Sex Offender Treatment; Parole; Probation; California Penal Code

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APA (6th Edition):

Zeidler, C. F. (2016). Psychoneuroimmunology: Enhancing Treatment Efficacy and Reducing Sexual Offender Recidivism In Court-Mandated Treatment. (Doctoral Dissertation). Antioch University. Retrieved from http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=antioch147609874194315

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Zeidler, Cameron Fitzpatrick. “Psychoneuroimmunology: Enhancing Treatment Efficacy and Reducing Sexual Offender Recidivism In Court-Mandated Treatment.” 2016. Doctoral Dissertation, Antioch University. Accessed March 18, 2019. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=antioch147609874194315.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Zeidler, Cameron Fitzpatrick. “Psychoneuroimmunology: Enhancing Treatment Efficacy and Reducing Sexual Offender Recidivism In Court-Mandated Treatment.” 2016. Web. 18 Mar 2019.

Vancouver:

Zeidler CF. Psychoneuroimmunology: Enhancing Treatment Efficacy and Reducing Sexual Offender Recidivism In Court-Mandated Treatment. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Antioch University; 2016. [cited 2019 Mar 18]. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=antioch147609874194315.

Council of Science Editors:

Zeidler CF. Psychoneuroimmunology: Enhancing Treatment Efficacy and Reducing Sexual Offender Recidivism In Court-Mandated Treatment. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Antioch University; 2016. Available from: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=antioch147609874194315

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