"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 "Excellent...Shows how far our understanding of the juvenile sex offender has progressed. The editors have brought together the leaders in the field to review the broad knowledge base on this topic, including a number of empirically based studies. Mental health and criminal justice professionals reading this text will greatly improve their understanding of the juvenile sex offender." - Gene G. Abel, Behavioral Medicine Institute of Atlanta, USA "A distinguished contribution to the literature on juvenile sexual offenders, edited by two eminent scholars." - Robert Prentky, Justice Resource Institute, Boston, USA "Why do young people commit sexual crimes? What can we do about it? If you are seriously interested in these questions, read this book. I was encouraged to observe that the loose speculation that has long dominated thinking about adolescent sex offenders is increasingly being replaced by empirically supported arguments. The contributors are smart, disciplined, and compassionate. I learned a lot." - R. Karl Hanson, Corrections Research, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Canada "The book comprehensively addresses the many recent advances in knowledge about the development and causation of juvenile sexual offending, as well as current approaches to risk assessment and treatment. It is invaluable for anyone who works with this population within the criminal justice system or the civil commitment system." - Greg S. Bal, defense attorney, USA
From leading scientists and practitioners, this authoritative work examines what is known about the nature and development of juvenile sexual offending, the consequences for both victims and perpetrators, and approaches to assessment, intervention, and relapse prevention. In this work, pathways of normal sexual development are described, and the biological, social, and psychological processes that lead to sexual conduct problems are investigated. This book explores how juvenile offenders are dealt with in the mental health and criminal justice systems, reviews available psychological and pharmacological treatment approaches, and provides research-based recommendations for improving existing practices.