Female Sexual Offenders: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment

Female Sexual Offenders: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment

Female Sexual Offenders: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment

Female Sexual Offenders: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment

Synopsis

Featuring a collection of essays by leading experts, Female Sexual Offenders: Theory, Assessment and Treatment is the first book to bring together current research, clinical assessment, and treatment techniques of female sexual offenders into one accessible volume.
  • Describes the most recent research data regarding female sexual offenders, covering such issues as female-perpetrated sexual abuse prevalence and juvenile offenders
  • Includes an assessment of the risk of recidivism, international treatment initiatives, and a discussion on the use of the polygraph with female sexual offenders
  • Features practitioner-focused essays which evaluate current assessment strategies, treatment needs, effectiveness, and processes for female sexual offenders

Excerpt

Our ideas and enthusiasm for this edited collection have stemmed, in part, from our attendance at the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers’ 27th annual conference (2008). Not only did this conference provide the forum for some interesting presentations regarding female sexual offenders (many of which were presented by some of the chapter authors in this book), but it also provided a forum for the editors of this book to discuss female sexual offending in depth. What became clear to us, over our discussions, was that although the female sexual offending field appeared to have developed enormously over the past decade, there were no books dedicated to the topic that outlined these core progressions. From this realisation, we began to approach leading professionals about whether they would be interested in writing a chapter for a book devoted to female sexual offenders. The response that we received was extremely encouraging; and as editors we feel privileged to edit a text of special interest to us, with such a group of enthusiastic and knowledgeable professionals. We hope that this book will promote further research and empirically based gender-informed assessment and treatment practices in an area that has just begun to gain momentum.

Theresa A. Gannon and Franca Cortoni October 2009 . . .

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