Paroxetine and offenders: A pilot study

J. David Kinzie, James Hancey, William Wilson, John Hartner

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Recidivism rates for offenders constantly reflect disappointment. In an effort to reduce the rate of recidivism, the SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) medication paroxetine was attempted with a small group of offenders in a community-based program. About half the offenders dropped out after one or two sessions, but 14 completed 3 months of treatment. These had a reduction in depressive and obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms, but it is difficult to determine the impact on the total rehabilitation program for the offenders. The implications for further research and clinical work are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-292
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology


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