The book argues the case for the usefulness of an empirically based understanding of the internal world of juvenile sex offenders as a way of humanely relating to their difficulties. It details the extent and nature of juvenile sex offending and its impact on victims and provides an extensive psychoanalytically oriented description of this offender group. The background of these offenders is examined, focusing on their experience of abuse, especially sexual abuse. Attention is paid to the unique characteristics of these offenders, particularly their attachment difficulties. The value of attachment theory and the concepts of psychopathy and malignant narcissism are then explored as a means of viewing their internal world. This internal world is also viewed through an empirical lens, which reveals them to have impaired psychic representations of human relationship, different needs for relationship and, in the most psychopathic group, an obfuscation of that need. The implications of these findings are then considered and the application of these understandings of their internal world is then explored.
Series Editor’s Foreword , Foreword , Introduction , The Forensic Focus , The nature of juvenile sex offending , The characteristics and differences of juvenile sex offenders , The Lens , Attachment and juvenile sex offending , Psychopathy and juvenile sex offending , Malignant narcissism, psychopathy, and perversion , Epigenetics and aspects of the neurobiology of attachment and sexual behaviour , Magnifying the Lens: Research Findings , The study and its findings , A closer view into the internal world of the juvenile sex offender , Practice and Application , Implications for the assessment of the juvenile sex offender , The tale of two psyches: case histories of juvenile sex offenders , Mentalization based therapy (MBT) and other psychoanalytic treatment , Epilogue