Handbook of Child and Adolescent Sexuality: Developmental and Forensic Psychology

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Overview

Adolescent and child sexuality is studied by developmental psychologists from a research perspective and is of interest to forensic psychologists dealing with abuse and custody issues as well as rape cases. In many cases, it is of interest whether the child in question was sexually active to understand the extent to which an underage minor might have voluntarily participated in sexual activity as opposed to having been coerced. Previously, researchers interested in the applications of their research needed to look to separate books, and forensic specialists needed to look to development books to find the information they may have needed. This handbook provides both audiences with the related information they need.

  • Encompasses normative behavior and clinical disorders in one source
  • Applies the information on development and behavior to forensic issues
  • Provides treatment information on sexual disorders in children
  • Provides information on children and adolescents in one volume
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Editorial Reviews

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"This book covers child and adolescent sexuality from a developmental perspective, while considering normal development and paraphilias and exploring child abuse victims and adolescent offenders…The book is fairly easy to read and covers the topic well, addressing ethical issues, research strategies, developmental information, treatment recommendations, and public policy. It will be useful to a wide range of medical, mental health, and legal professionals." Rating: 4 Stars--Doody.com, January 24, 2014 "Editors Bromberg and O'Donohue present this reference on the sensitive topic of sexuality in non-adult populations. The book is divided into five general headings of professional ethics, research strategies, sexuality across development, sexual victimization, and sexual behavior problems, with the sections on development and victimization being largest…The book is intended for a broad audience, from researchers and mental health professionals to legal experts."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book covers child and adolescent sexuality from a developmental perspective, while considering normal development and paraphilias and exploring child abuse victims and adolescent offenders.
Purpose: The goal "is to synthesize what is currently known about human sexual development early in the lifespan and about factors that derail sexual development."
Audience: The book targets a broad audience, including clinical, forensic, and developmental psychologists, child psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, pediatricians and nurse practitioners, attorneys, and professionals involved in the development and evaluation of programs for sexuality education, sexual health clinics, and public policy makers.
Features: After a section on ethical issues related to minors, such as consent and best interest, the next part explores research strategies to understand what constitutes normal sexual behavior in children. This part discusses case studies, rating scales, and informant reports as ways of gathering data and meta-analysis as a way of synthesizing findings from a number of studies. Part three explores sexual development in prepubertal children and adolescents and discusses paraphilias in girls, as well as the influence of substance use on sexual behavior. This part also discusses gender-nonconforming youth, transgender youth, and sexual minorities and their need for supportive counselors to help them in their sexual development. The next part discusses the assessment and treatment of child sexual abuse. The authors believe that teaching prevention skills (including behavioral skills training (BST) and in-situ training (IST)) can help children escape from threats. The book ends with a discussion of children who have sexual problems.
Assessment: The book is fairly easy to read and covers the topic well, addressing ethical issues, research strategies, developmental information, treatment recommendations, and public policy. It will be useful to a wide range of medical, mental health, and legal professionals.
From the Publisher
"Editors Bromberg and O'Donohue present this reference on the sensitive topic of sexuality in non-adult populations. The book is divided into five general headings of professional ethics, research strategies, sexuality across development, sexual victimization, and sexual behavior problems, with the sections on development and victimization being largest…The book is intended for a broad audience, from researchers and mental health professionals to legal experts."—Reference & Research Book News, October 2013
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123877598
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 3/4/2013
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 554,536
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Bromberg, Ph.D., ABPP, is the Director of Special Psychological Services, LLC. He is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey and New York State. He is board certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Bromberg’s primary interest is in assessing and providing evidence-based treatment to individuals displaying sexual behavioral problems. He works with children displaying sexual behavioral problems, adolescent sex offenders, and adult offenders, some of whom are supervised by the Sex Offender Management Unit of the New Jersey State Parole Board. In addition, he provides a range of assessment and treatment services regarding child maltreatment.

Before launching Special Psychological Services, LLC, Dr. Bromberg’s employment experience included working as a psychologist in a juvenile secure care facility, working as a staff psychologist at a regional diagnostic and treatment center for child abuse and neglect, and working as a school psychologist with children and adolescents displaying severe behavioral problems.

William O’Donohue, Ph.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada Reno. He has published over 70 books and 200 journal articles. He has directed a free treatment program for twenty years for children who have been sexually abused and adults who have been sexually assaulted.

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Table of Contents

  1. Preface

    Part I - Ethical Issues Pertaining to the Sexuality of Minors

    Chapter 1 - Choosing for Children

    Michael Lavin

    Part II - Research Strategies: How Do We "Know" What We "Know?"

    Chapter 2 - Research Methods: Current Strategies, Obstacles to Research, and Future Directions

    Daniel S. Bromberg and William T. O’Donohue

    Chapter 3 - Research Syntheses Related to Childhood and Adolescent Sexuality: A Critical Review

    Tania B. Huedo-Medina, Estrellita Ballester, and Blair T. Johnson

    Chapter 4 - Applications of Small-n Research Design in Child and Adolescent Sexuality

    Gregory S. Snyder and Stacy Shaw

    Part III - Child and Adolescent Development

    Chapter 5 - Sexual Development

    Kate Mills Drury and William M. Bukowski

    Chapter 6 - Sexual Behavior of Prepubertal Children

    Christopher Campbell, Ashwini Mallappa, Amy B. Wisniewski, and Jane F. Silovsky

    Chapter 7 - Sexual Development in Adolescents

    J. Dennis Fortenberry

    Chapter 8 - Sexual Development in Girls: "Normative" Development and Development of Paraphilias and Sexual Offending Behaviors

    Lucia F. O’Sullivan and Scott T. Ronis

    Chapter 9 - The Sexual Health of Adolescents: When, Where, and Why Adolescents Use Contraceptives

    Lori A.J. Scott-Sheldon and Blair T. Johnson

    Chapter 10 - Influence of Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use on Sexual Behavior

    Michael Windle, Jessica M. Sales, and Rebecca C. Windle

    Chapter 11 - Sexual-Minority, Gender-Nonconforming, Transgender Youths

    Lisa M. Diamond

    Part IV - Children and Adolescents as Sexual Abuse Victims

    Chapter 12 - Epidemiology of Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse

    Samantha L. Friedenberg, David J. Hansen, and Mary Fran Flood

    Chapter 13 - Child Sexual Abuse and Adolescent Sexuality

    Christine Wekerle, Terry Bennett, and Karen Francis

    Chapter 14 - Memory and Complications to the Interviewing of Suspected Child and Adolescent Victims

    Matthew Fanetti, Rachel Fondren-Happel, and William T. O’Donohue

    Chapter 15 - Treating Children and Adolescents in the Aftermath of Sexual Abuse

    Elisabeth Pollio, Alissa Glickman, Leah Behl, and Esther Deblinger

    Chapter 16 - Medical Assessment and Treatment of Suspected Child and Adolescent Victims

    Reena Isaac and Angelo P. Giardino

    Chapter 17 - Teaching Sexual Abuse Prevention Skills to Children

    Raymond G. Miltenberger and Laura Hanratty

    Chapter 18 - Adolescence and Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Prostituted Girls in the U.S.

    Linda M. Williams

    Chapter 19 - Legal Responses to Adolescent Victims of Sexual Violence

    Roger J.R. Levesque

    Part V - Children with Sexual Behavior Problems and Adolescent Sexual Offenders

    Chapter 20 - Children with Sexual Behavior Problems

    Jane F. Silovsky, Lisa M. Swisher, Jimmy Widdifield, Jr., and Vicky L. Turner

    Chapter 21 - Adolescents Adjudicated for Sexual Offenses

    Amanda M. Fanniff and Judith V. Becker

    Chapter 22 - Legal Responses to Adolescents’ Sexual Offending

    Roger J.R. Levesque

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