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The Juvenile Sex Offender

The Juvenile Sex Offender

by Howard E. Barbaree

There has been an extraordinary amount of published research and theory on sexual assault by adult male offenders. Yet, little has been written about the juvenile or adolescent sex offender, either as a subject of study in his own right, or in an effort to understand the developmental processes which may lead to sexually assaultive behavior in adults. Filling a gap


There has been an extraordinary amount of published research and theory on sexual assault by adult male offenders. Yet, little has been written about the juvenile or adolescent sex offender, either as a subject of study in his own right, or in an effort to understand the developmental processes which may lead to sexually assaultive behavior in adults. Filling a gap in the literature, this comprehensive volume provides a detailed examination of the juvenile sexual offender, and what is known about the development of sexually assaultive behavior.

Written by leading researchers, chapters first define terms and concepts and outline the research, professional, and legal issues relevant to treatment of the juvenile sex offender. Salient historical, personality, and behavioral characteristics which may differentiate various important subgroupings of these offenders are also described. The book then focuses on the development of the juvenile sexual offender, and how this development differs from that of normal adolescents. Chapters examine how sexuality evolves and manifests itself in both the normal and the deviant teenager, and why deviant behaviors often continue into adulthood. Sexual arousal and preferences of the adolescent offender, and processes involving social bonds and influences on the development of deviant sexuality are also discussed.

Finally, the book explores ways in which society might respond to prevent or control the occurrence of sexual assault by juveniles. A comprehensive approach to treatment is presented that encompasses criminal justice and mental health systems, cognitive-behavioral interventions, pharmacological approaches, relapse prevention, and supervision.

Highly informative and useful, this text is particularly important to psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other mental health clinicians working with juvenile sexual offenders, their families, and their victims. Similarly, professionals in forensic, developmental or child and family studies will also find it of particular interest. It also serves as an ideal text for advanced courses on juvenile sexual offenders, or as supplementary reading for students of forensic psychology or psychiatry.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The publication of this authoritative book on a subject of enormous importance and alarming magnitude is timely and welcome. It provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of knowledge on the subject and identifies the major problems and challenges. As this book demonstrates, there is an urgent need for resources to be provided for dealing with juvenile sexual offenders." —Jack Rachman, PhD, University of British Columbia

"Howard Barbaree, whose clinical research and theoretical contributions to sexual offender assessment and treatment has gained him international recognition, has made him yet another notable contribution with The Juvenile Sex Offender. And he and the other Canadians who are significantly represented among the contributors, are compelling demonstrations that research, like the economy, is increasingly international.

In the past decade, stimulated by the recognition that juveniles account for a significant proportion of sex offenses, and that effective intervention with juveniles has the potential to prevent progression to long and serious careers of adult offending, programs for juvenile sex offenders in the United States have grown from virtually none to exceed those for adult sex offenders. Until now, there was no book that brought together relevant research. This book addresses that void with an impressive array of scholarly contributions which both utilize research with juveniles and, recognizing that the distinction between adults and juveniles is blurry, draws on much relevant research with adult sex offenders as well. For anyone seriously concerned with juvenile sex offenders, this book is thus essential reading." —James Breiling, PhD, Violence and Traumatic Stress Research Branch, NIMH

"In THE JUVENILE SEX OFFENDER, the editors make a major contribution in summarizing the current theoretical and clinical knowledge base while framing the agenda for the next stage of research on juvenile sex offending. Though an invaluable resource for researchers, this volume also drives home the critical point that the need for further etiological data, taxonomies, and longitudinal studies on juvenile sex offenders is crucial to understanding and preventing such harmful behaviors in the future. Practitioners, too, will find many rare gems included in the vast array of clinical treasures ranging from the importance of attachment bonds in the development of juvenile sex offending to the first published and long-awaited relapse prevention model for sexually aggressive adolescents and children." —Fay Honey Knopp, Safer Society Program

Sixteen contributions address such issues as: legal responses, classification of juvenile sex offenders, normative sexuality from a developmental perspective, adult offenders with juvenile histories, conditioning theories, development of sexual age preferences in males, substance abuse, conduct disorders, cognitive behavioral treatment, phamacological treatment, and relapse prevention. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
"Drs. Barbaree and Marshall have amassed a panel of knowledgeable contributors who define what we do and do not know about juvenile sex offenders, the risk factors for their offending, and the triggers and concomitant problems of their offending. The chapters are written in such a comprehensive and understandable manner that each is invaluable as a freestanding resource for time-pressed practitioners with questions in a specific area, without the need of reading the entire book to grasp the concepts....What is particularly useful is the frequent integration of information about the adult sexual offending of juvenile sexual offenders, which provides a long-term perspective that is useful not only for developmental understanding and long-term risk assessment, but also for developing mitigation themes for sex offender evaluations....This book is recommended for child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists, forensic psychiatrists and psychologists, social workers, and other mental health and legal professionals working in clinical practice and juvenile justice with these youth."--Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
"Helps to tease myth from fact, and delineates ways in which adolescent sexual offenders are different from their adult counterparts....Provides a good overview of what is known about the etiology, evaluation, and treatment of the juvenile sex offender."--Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
British Journal of Forensic Practice
"As an introduction to developing our responses to younger sex offenders, this book is a worthy addition to the literature."--British Journal of Forensic Practice

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Meet the Author

Howard Barbaree, PhD, is currently Head of Impulse Control Disorders Programme at the Clark Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto, Canada. For the past 13 years, he has been a Professor in Psychology at Queen's University, during which time he has devoted most of his professional work to research, teaching, and clinical practice related to sexual aggression and sexual deviance. Dr. Barbaree has published numerous journal articals and book chapters on the topic, and he is co-editor of the Handbook of Sexual Assault: Issues, Theories, and Treatment of the Offender (Plenum Publishing Corp.). He is the founding director of the Warkworth Sexual Behavior Clinic, a Canadian Federal Penitentiary treatment program for sexual offenders. Dr. Barbaree was born and educated in British Columbia, Canada, and received his PhD in Psychology from Queen's University in 1974.

William Marshall, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. He has devoted the past 23 years to research and clinical aspects of the assessment and treatment of the sex offender. He has published extensively, with over 100 journal articles and book chapters to his credit. He is a co-editor of the Handbook of Sexual Assault: Issues, Theories, and Treatment of the Offender (Plenum Publishing Corp.)., and co-author of Criminal Neglect: Why Sex Offenders Go Free (Doubleday). Dr. Marshall is the founding Director of the Kingstom Sexual Behavior Clinic, a community-based assessment and treatment program for adult and adolescent sex offenders. In addition, he has assisted in the establishment of sex offender treatment programs in six different countires throughout the world. Dr. Marshall was born in Australis, educated in England, and received his PhD from Queen's University in 1971.

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