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Hanson, R., Steffy, R., & Gauthier, R. (1993). Long-term recidivism of child molesters. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 61(4), 646-652.

The study looked at the long-term recidivism of child molesters, a topic covered in very few studies. The researchers found that 42% of offenders were reconvicted within 31 years. Most recidivism occurred withing the first year, then decreased for the next 20 years. With treatment, offenders felt more in control of their lives and happier but there was no connection with recidivism.