mercredi 29 novembre 2017

Unproven Role Playing Therapy Efficiency for Sexual Harrassment and Assault [newspaper article]

Carey, Benedict. 2017. “Therapy for Sexual Misconduct? It’s Mostly Unproven.” The New York Times, November 27, 2017, sec. Health. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/health/sexual-harassment-addiction-treatment.html.  

« (...) The evidence is weak for empathy training in offenders, through techniques like role-playing and taking a potential victim’s point of view, said Michael Seto, director of forensic rehabilitation research at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group.
“It’s hard to teach empathy,” he said. “Accepting responsibility is often done confrontationally instead of collaboratively.”
(...) But only if the harasser is willing, committed and genuinely humbled is therapy likely to be anything more than a ruse to buy some sympathy — and worse, perhaps an eventual return to the field. (...) »

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Suggested readings

  • Students role-play adolescent interpersonal interactions: No change in empathy measures. Experimential. Master Thesis.
  • Sex offenders complete role-play paradigms: Improved recognition of consequences for victims. Experimential. Peer Reviewed Journal.
    • Webster, Stephen D., Louise E. Bowers, Ruth E. Mann, and William L. Marshall. 2005. “Developing Empathy in Sexual Offenders: The Value of Offence Re-Enactments.” Sexual Abuse 17 (1):63–77. https://doi.org/10.1177/107906320501700107.

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