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Sexual Deviance

Sexual Deviance
Issues and Controversies

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November 2002 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Why do men rape women? What causes an adult to sexually molest a child? Understanding why sexual deviance occurs, how it develops, and how it changes over time is essential in preventing sexual predation and designing intervention programs for relapse prevention.

Sexual Deviance: Issues and Controversies addresses the biological, developmental, cultural, and learning factors in the genesis of sexual deviancy and links those theories to interventions with sex offenders. Edited by renowned sexual behavior experts Tony Ward, D. Richard Laws, and Stephen M. Hudson, this exceptional volume is divided into two sections. The first section covers explanations for sexual deviance, including ethical issues and classification systems for sexually deviant disorders. The second section addresses responses to sexual deviance, including traditional and modern intervention approaches.

An eminent group of scholars, researchers, and clinicians examine

  • The "whys" behind sexual deviance
  • Controversies surrounding offender rehabilitation
  • The relationship between theory and practice
  • All paraphilias including molestation and sexual assault
  • Cutting edge developments in etiology, rehabilitation, and practice

Sexual Deviance: Issues and Controversies provides a comprehensive view of the psychological, biological, cultural, and situational factors that predispose sex offenders. Some of the world's leading authorities in the area of understanding and treating sex offenders discuss, debate, and review the ideas and values underpinning research and treatment of sexual deviance.

Tailored for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in courses on abnormal psychology, psychopathology, forensic psychology, and criminology, Sexual Deviance: Issues and Controversies is also essential reading for psychologists, criminal justice professionals, and policy makers.

Part I: Explanations of Sexual Deviance
Tony Ward and Laura Sorbello
1. Explaining Child Sexual Abuse: Integration and Elaboration
Tony Ward and Claire A. Stewart
2. Good Lives and the Rehabilitation of Sexual Offenders
Richard Siegert and Tony Ward
3. Back to the Future? Evolutionary Explanations of Rape
D. Richard Laws
4. Behavioral Economic Approaches to the Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Deviation
D. Richard Laws
5. Penile Plethysmography: Will We Ever Get it Right?
Marie Connolly
6. Cultural Components of Practice: Reflexive Responses to Diversity and Difference
Thomas Keenan and Tony Ward
7. Developmental Antecedents of Sexual Offending
Ruth E. Mann and Anthony R. Beech
8. Cognitive Distortions, Schemas, and Implicit Theories
Devon L. L. Polaschek
9. The Classification of Sexual Offenders
Devon L. L. Polaschek
10. Empathy and Victim Empathy
Part II: Responses to Sexual Deviance
Robin Jones
11. Research and Practice with Adolescent Sexual Offenders: Dilemmas and Directions
Stephen Hart, D. Richard Laws, and P. Randall Kropp
12. The Promise and the Peril of Sex Offender Risk Assessment
Christopher Drake and Tony Ward
13. Treatment Models for Sex Offenders: A Move Towards a Formulation-Based Approach
Michael Proeve
14. Responsivity Factors in Sex Offender Treatment
William Glaser
15. Integrating Pharmacological Treatments
D. Richard Laws
16. Harm Reduction and Sexual Offending: Is a Intraparadigmatic Shift Possible?
D. Richard Laws
17. Sexual Offending is a Public Health Problem: Are We Doing Enough?
Astrid Birgden, Karen Owen, and Bea Raymond
18. Enhancing Relapse Prevention Through the Effective Management of Sex Offenders in the Community
Tony Ward and Mark Brown
19. The Risk-Need Model of Offender Rehabilitation: A Critical Analysis

“Ward, Laws, and Hudson make bold assertions challenging our preconceptions of assessment and treatment. However, taking a page from their own model, they develop these in a framework of promising approaches for improving assessment and treatment outcome, giving practitioners new ideas rather than simply providing what Dr. Laws refers to as "a list of Thou-Shalt-Nots". Although many readers will wish for more explicit applications to special populations (females, developmentally delayed offenders, those in denial), this book will inform the work of virtually all ATSA members. While the authors have focused an ongoing critical eye to our work, this latest volume will challenge many of us to turn the same focus towards ourselves.”  

Key features
  • Editors are among the world's leading authorities in the area of understanding and treating sex offenders.
  • Explains the "whys" behind sex offending and controversies surrounding what to do about it.
  • Discusses cutting edge theoretical developments in etiology, rehabilitation, and practice.

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