Juvenile Sex Offenders: A Guide to Evaluation and Treatment for Mental Health Professionals by Eileen P. Ryan, John A. Hunter, Daniel C. Murrie |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Juvenile Sex Offenders: A Guide to Evaluation and Treatment for Mental Health Professionals

Juvenile Sex Offenders: A Guide to Evaluation and Treatment for Mental Health Professionals

by Eileen P. Ryan, John A. Hunter, Daniel C. Murrie
     
 

A significant percentage of sexual abuse in the United States is committed by juveniles, and mental health professionals increasingly receive requests to evaluate these juveniles. With an emphasis on practicality and utility, Juvenile Sex Offenders fills a gap in the current literature by providing a thoughtful, thorough approach to evaluating and treating youth

Overview

A significant percentage of sexual abuse in the United States is committed by juveniles, and mental health professionals increasingly receive requests to evaluate these juveniles. With an emphasis on practicality and utility, Juvenile Sex Offenders fills a gap in the current literature by providing a thoughtful, thorough approach to evaluating and treating youth who have committed sexual offenses or have engaged in sexually abusive behavior.

Serving as a functional guide, this text expertly prepares clinicians for the challenging task of evaluating juveniles, picking up where traditional clinical training often falls short and providing state-of-the-art assessment techniques as well as an overview of treatment modalities. Chapters highlight the many ways in which juveniles charged with sexual offenses differ from adults, the common dilemmas facing evaluators, and the changing perceptions and legal trends with respect to youth crime. Chapters also cover sexual development and behaviors among children and adolescents, risk factors and risk assessment, case examples for working with attorneys, and interventions and pharmacological approaches. Clinical practitioners with limited forensic training will benefit from the guidance on formal forensic evaluation and the review of literature on assessment approaches specific to youth, while forensic experts will gain developmental perspective in evaluating and treating young sexual offenders. Set in a hopeful and optimistic framework, Juvenile Sex Offenders is a practical, empirically based guide on the best practices in evaluating and treating this poorly understood and underserved population.

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: Because a significant percentage of the sexual abuse in the U.S. is committed by juveniles and studies suggest that up to half of adult sexual offenders began their criminal behavior as juveniles, this book focuses on understanding and treating adolescents with these issues.
Purpose: The authors note they have penned this work with an emphasis on "practicality and utility" for general practitioners "who may shy away from dealing with a population very much in need of their clinical child and adolescent expertise."
Audience: The book is directed at "psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals who are already skilled in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of children and adolescents, but are new to the area of forensic evaluation and sex offending." It may also prove useful to those in the legal profession who are involved with these cases.
Features: While containing much of the practical information needed to understand these complex issues, this book also includes a chapter providing context for what is considered "normal" in sexual development for various age groups, as well as suggestions for biological and pharmacological management of sexually deviant behavior. In addition, at least one chapter contains rich clinical cases with detailed questions and answers. Each chapter ends with a summary and extensive lists of references.
Assessment: Though unfamiliar with other books related to this population, I have reviewed many books that refer to adults charged with similar offenses. However, the approach of this book is unique in that it is not geared toward the forensic practitioner. Instead, it addresses the frontline mental health provider who, by choice or assignment, works with this challenging population. These pages are rich with practical knowledge that will be of benefit to virtually anyone interested in working with juvenile sex offenders, even experienced forensic practitioners.
From the Publisher
"Though unfamiliar with other books related to this population, I have reviewed many books that refer to adults charged with similar offenses. However, the approach of this book is unique in that it is not geared toward the forensic practitioner. Instead, it addresses the frontline mental health provider who, by choice or assignment, works with this challenging population. These pages are rich with practical knowledge that will be of benefit to virtually anyone interested in working with juvenile sex offenders, even experienced forensic practitioners." — DOODY'S

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195393309
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/26/2012
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Eileen P. Ryan, D.O. is a board certified general, child and adolescent, and forensic psychiatrist. She is an attending psychiatrist at the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents in Staunton, Virginia and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia where she is Assistant Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Virginia and Medical Director of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy where she performs forensic evaluations. She also evaluates and treats adolescents at a juvenile detention center.

John A. Hunter, Ph.D. has over 50 publications on juvenile sexual offending and/or sexual trauma. He is the Military Sexual Trauma Program Coordinator for the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane University School of Medicine.

Daniel C. Murrie, Ph.D. is Director of Psychology at the University of Virginia's Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy, and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He performs forensic evaluations, trains clinicians in forensic mental health assessment, and has authored over 40 publications on forensic evaluation, risk assessment, juvenile justice, and related issues.

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