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

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

by Fabian M. Saleh
     
 

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This is the first single-volume resource for forensic clinicians and law professionals who work with sex offenders. The editors and contributors are internationally recognized authorities representing an unusually broad range of expertise. Throughout the book they are concerned to ensure public safety while at the same time maintaining medical integrity and respect… See more details below

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This is the first single-volume resource for forensic clinicians and law professionals who work with sex offenders. The editors and contributors are internationally recognized authorities representing an unusually broad range of expertise. Throughout the book they are concerned to ensure public safety while at the same time maintaining medical integrity and respect for due process. Together they provide up-to-date information on best practices in clinical assessment, treatment, and risk assessment as well as the legal issues that affect legislation associated with sexual offenders in the United States and elsewhere. Special groups of sexual offenders, including substance abusers, female offenders, clergy, Internet offenders, and professionals who cross boundaries, are also discussed. The book is aimed at psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, trainees, researchers, attorneys, members of the judiciary, and policymakers. It is an ideal text for forensic psychiatric fellowship training programs.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
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:
9780198039334
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/11/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

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