Relapse Prevention with Sexual Aggressors

A Method for Maintaining Therapeutic Gain and Enhancing External Supervision
  • William D. Pithers
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


Throughout history, whenever a socially frightening disorder existed, and its etiology was not widely known, tentative explanations were invoked that sometimes proved erroneous and regrettable. Ancient Romans feared inhaling nighttime air, believing that it bore vapors, emitted from nearby swamps, which were regarded as the cause of a potentially fatal respiratory disease. Today, “swamp vapors” are called bacteria, and the disorder is known as pneumonia. Epileptics in colonial Salem, Massachusetts, were hanged in the mistaken belief that their seizures signified that they were demon-possessed witches. In current society, both disorders are readily treated and create little concern.


Sexual Abuse Relapse Prevention Sexual Aggression Probation Officer Parole Officer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William D. Pithers
    • 1
  1. 1.Vermont Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Sexual AbuseVermont Department of CorrectionsWaterburyUSA

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