Sex Offenders: Identification, Risk Assessment, Treatment, and Legal Issues

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This comprehensive reference by nationally recognized experts provides an interdisciplinary overview of existing knowledge about sex offenders. It provides in-depth coverage of the problem of identification, risk assessment and management, treatment, and legal solutions. It seeks to ensure public safety while at the same time maintaining medical integrity and respect for due process. The book is intended for psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and researchers who work with sex offenders, as well as attorneys, members of the judiciary, and policymakers.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: In an attempt to compile the most recent advances in the evaluation, treatment, and risk assessment of sex offenders, the editors call on the expertise of many of the world scholars (clinical, legal, and theoretical), who explain the research and help readers understand the multitude of challenges related to working with this population.
Purpose: The editors aim to make readers aware of the advances made in the area of sex offender research over the last 20 years by highlighting the most recent information.
Audience: This book is directed primarily at the small population of clinicians who assess and treat sex offenders, as well as at the professionals in the justice system who prosecute, defend, or preside over these particularly difficult defendants.
Features: The edited book is divided into seven sections, and most chapters are penned by different authors. It is designed to take readers from the beginning of the process, through assessment and diagnosis, to treatment. Specific sections cover juveniles and special populations. Each chapter ends with a lengthy, up-to-date, and thorough reference list. There are a limited number of tables throughout the work, and even fewer diagrams.
Assessment: There is no doubt that the literature on the topics this work addresses is limited and distributed over a large number of specialties, making accessing it time consuming and tiring. The editors have assembled some of the most well recognized legal, clinical, and forensic practitioners throughout the world who have boiled down basic and advanced information into manageable and comprehensible chapters. The book's biggest drawbacks are the layout of the chapters (using a two-column format similar to a journal), which are distracting and necessitate the use of a smaller type font, and its unattractive visual appeal. Without frequent diagrams, tables, graphs, and charts, readers are left with the sensation they are viewing a never-ending academic article, and this can lead to some degree of monotony, even when moving from chapter to chapter. However, these criticisms do little to dampen the quality of the work. It is well written, well researched, and well edited, and will be a valuable addition to the library of any clinician working with the sex offender population.
From the Publisher
"A state-of-the-art guide to the clinical and public policy issue surrounding sex offender evaluation and treatment. THorough, well-researched, and well edited."—Jeffrey S. Janofsky, MD, Psychiatry and Law Program, The John Hopkins University SChool of Medicine

"This book is written by the leading experts in the field. It is unusually comprehensive and essential reading for anyone with professional contact with sex offenders. In my opinion, this book will likely become the authoritative work in the field."—Robert Weinstock, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

"There is no doubt that the literature on the topics this work addresses is limited and distributed over a large number of specialties, making accessing it time consuming and tiring. The editors have assembled some of the most well recognized legal, clinical, and forensic practitioners throughout the world who have boiled downbasic and advanced information into manageable and comprehensible chapters...It is well written, well researched, and well edited, and will be a valuable addition to the library of any clinician working with the sex offender population."—Doodys

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195177046
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/11/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 633,458
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors xiii

Part I Introduction

1 Perspectives on Sex and Normality Peter J. Fagan 3

2 Phenomenology of Paraphilia: Lovemap Theory Gregory K. Lehne 12

Part II Neurobiology/Neuropsychology

3 Neuropsychological Findings in Sex Offenders Ron Langevin 27

4 The Neurobiology of Sexual Behavior and the Paraphilias John M. Bradford J. Paul Fedoroff 36

Part III Assessment and Diagnosis

5 Violence Risk Assessment Debra A. Pinals Chad E. Tillbrook Denise L. Mumley 49

6 The Use of Actuarial Risk Assessment Instruments in Sex Offenders Gina M. Vincent Shannon M. Maney Stephen D. Hart 70

7 Laboratory Measurement of Penile Response in the Assessment of Sexual Interests J. Paul Fedoroff Michael Kuban John M. Bradford 89

8 Visual Reaction Time: Development, Theory, Empirical Evidence, and Beyond Gene G. Abel Markus Wiegel 101

9 Mental Illness and Sex Offending Fred S. Berlin Fabian M. Saleh H. Martin Malin 119

10 The Assessment of Psychopathy and Response Styles in Sex Offenders Michael J. Vitacco Richard Rogers 130

11 The Role of Personality Disorder in Sexual Offending Roy J. O'Shaughnessy 144

Part IV Treatment

12 Psychological Treatment of Sexual Offenders William Marshall Liam E. Marshall Geris A. Serran Matt D. O'Brien 159

13 Orchiectomy Richard B. Krueger Michael H. Wechsler Meg S. Kaplan 171

14 Pharmacological Treatment of Paraphilic Sex Offenders Fabian M. Saleh 189

Part V Juveniles

15 Forensic Evaluations of Juvenile Sex Offenders Charles Scott 211

16 Juvenile Sexual Offenders: Epidemiology, Risk Assessment, and Treatment Ernest Poortinga Stewart S. Newman Christine E. Negendank Elissa P. Benedek 221

17 Juveniles Who SexuallyOffend: Psychosocial Intervention and Treatment Jeffrey L. Metzner Scott Humphreys Gail Ryan 241

Part VI Special Populations

18 Substance Abuse and Sexual Offending Peer Briken Andreas Hill Wolfgang Berner 265

19 Female Sexual Offenders Wolfgang Berner Peer Briken Andreas Hill 276

20 Professionals Who Are Accused of Sexual Boundary Violations Stephen B. Levine Candace B. Risen 286

21 Stalking Ronnie B. Harmon 295

22 Child Pornography and the Internet L. Alvin Malesky, Jr. Liam Ennis Carmen L. Z. Gress 302

23 Sexual Abuse by Clergy Graham Glancy Michael Saini 324

24 Manifestations of Sexual Sadism: Sexual Homicide, Sadistic Rape, and Necrophilia Stephen J. Hucker 340

25 Persons with Intellectual Disabilities Who Sexually Offend Dorothy Griffiths J. Paul Fedoroff 353

Part VII Forensics

26 Forensic Considerations Rusty Reeves Richard Rosner 379

27 Sexual Predator Laws and their History Albert J. Grudzinskas, Jr. Daniel J. Brodsky Matt Zaitchik J. Paul Fedoroff Frank DiCataldo Jonathan C. Clayfield 386

28 Community-Based Management of Sex Offenders: An Examination of Sex Offender Registries and Community Notification in the United States and Canada Lisa Murphy Daniel J. Brodsky S. Jan Brakel Michael Petrunik J. Paul Fedoroff Albert J. Grudzinskas, Jr. 412

29 Ethical Issues in the Treatment of Sex Offenders Howard Zonana Alec Buchanan 425

30 Commentary James C. Beck 441

Index 447

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