The Juvenile Sex Offender

The Juvenile Sex Offender

The Juvenile Sex Offender

The Juvenile Sex Offender

Synopsis

Research and clinical practice in the area of juvenile sexual offending has advanced considerably over the last decade, and the newly revised second edition of this authoritative work brings the field fully up to date. Chapters from leading authorities examine what is known about the nature and development of sexually abusive behavior, the consequences for both victims and perpetrators, and approaches to assessment, intervention, and relapse prevention. Updated throughout with the latest empirical findings, the book includes seven entirely new chapters on such essential topics as sexual offending among girls, family and environmental risk factors, assessment, treatment evaluation research, and restorative justice.

Excerpt

When we wrote the preface to the first edition of The Juvenile Sex Offender in 1993, we complained that, at the time, there was relatively little published empirical research on the topic, and what was available was of uneven quality. This lack of research on the juvenile sex offender stood in stark contrast to what we described as a veritable explosion of scholarly interest in the adult sex offender. By the early 1990s, a large, high-quality scientific literature was available and expanding on the psychological and biological factors underlying sexual aggression perpetrated by adult males. While the first edition provided a comprehensive review of what was known then about the juvenile sex offender, the fact was that we knew very little about this important subject.

Now, more than 10 years later, a modest but respectable scientific literature has emerged and is developing both in quantity and quality. As you will see, the authors who have contributed to the second edition of The Juvenile Sex Offender have relied heavily on the empirical data published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. This edited volume does not contain everything we now know about the juvenile sex offender, but it describes most of the essential information.

Central concepts and terms are defined in the first chapter; following this, sexual crimes committed by the juvenile offender are set in the context of the normal development of sexuality in adolescence. Developmental factors contributing to sexual aggression are presented next; these comprise biological, social, and psychological determinants, including family background and the experience of child sexual abuse. Sexual aggression in the teen years is then discussed in the context of the development of heterosexual relationships and general criminal conduct. Later chapters describe what has been done to intervene with these offenders, including assessment of risk and factors that contribute to risk, and interventions such as cognitive-behavioral and pharmacologi-

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