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2nd Edition

The Juvenile Sex Offender

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ISBN 9781593859787
Published August 31, 2008 by Guilford Press
396 Pages

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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. Pathways of normal sexual development are described, and the biological, social, and psychological processes that lead to sexual conduct problems are investigated. The 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.

Table of Contents


1. An Introduction to the Juvenile Sex Offender: Terms, Concepts and Definitions, Howard E. Barbaree and William L. Marshall


2. Normal Sexual Development, John Bancroft


3. The Effects of Child Sexual Abuse and Family Environment, Howard E. Barbaree and Calvin M. Langton


4. Biological Factors in the Development of Sexual Deviance and Aggression in Males, Ray Blanchard, James M. Cantor, and Lori K. Robichaud


5. Social and Psychological Factors in the Development of Delinquency and Sexual Deviance, Stephen W. Smallbone


6. Adolescent Sexual Aggression within Heterosexual Relationships, Jacquelyn W. White, Kelly M. Kadlec, and Stacy Sechrist


7. The Female Juvenile Sex Offender, John A. Hunter, Judith V. Becker, and Lenard J. Lexier


8. Conduct Problems and Juvenile Sexual Offending, Michael C. Seto and Martin L. Lalumière


9. Assessment and Treatment of Criminogenic Needs, Gary O'Reilly and Alan Carr


10. Risk of Sexual Recidivism in Adolescents Who Offend Sexually: Correlates and Assessment, James R. Worling and Niklas Långström


11. Conceptual Issues in Treatment Evaluation Research with Juvenile Sexual Offenders, Calvin M. Langton and Howard E. Barbaree


12. Legal Consequences to Juvenile Sex Offending in the United States, Elizabeth J. Letourneau


13. Research on Adolescent Sexual Abuser Treatment Programs, David L. Burton, Joanne Smith-Darden, and Sarah Jane Frankel


14. A Reevaluation of Relapse Prevention with Adolescents Who Sexually Offend: A Good Lives Model, Jo Thakker, Tony Ward, and Patrick Tidmarsh


15. Disposition and Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders from the Perspective of Restorative Justice, Mary P. Koss, Karen Bachar, and C. Quince Hopkins


16. The Pharmacological Treatment of the Juvenile Sex Offender, John M. W. Bradford and Paul Fedoroff

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Howard E. Barbaree, PhD, is Professor and Head, Law and Mental Health Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and Clinical Director, Law and Mental Health Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has devoted much of his career to research, teaching, and clinical practice related to sexual aggression and sexual deviance. Dr. Barbaree has published numerous journal articles and book chapters and is coeditor of the Handbook of Sexual Assault: Issues, Theories, and Treatment of the Offender (1990). He has served as a member of the National Institute of Mental Health Violence and Traumatic Stress Grant Review Committee and received the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers in 2000. In 2004 Dr. Barbaree began a 4-year term as editor of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment.

William L. Marshall, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry at Queen's University and Director of Rockwood Psychological Services, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, which provides sex offender treatment in two Canadian federal penitentiaries. Dr. Marshall has 35 years of experience in assessment, treatment, and research with sexual offenders and has over 300 publications, including 16 books. He was President of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers from 2000 to 2001 and received its Significant Achievement Award in 1993. In 1999 Dr. Marshall received the Santiago Grisolia Prize from the Queen Sophia Centre in Spain for his worldwide contributions to the reduction of violence, and in 2000 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2003 Dr. Marshall was one of six invited experts who were asked to advise the Vatican on how best to deal with sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.


This excellent, up-to-date second edition 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. It will be an excellent textbook for graduate students in a range of fields, since it provides such a comprehensive overview of the field, using a scientific approach.--Gene G. Abel, MD, Behavioral Medicine Institute of Atlanta

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, PhD, Corrections Research, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada

This second edition is a welcome and much needed contribution. 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, JD, defense attorney

A distinguished contribution to the literature on juvenile sexual offenders, edited by two eminent scholars. This second edition will be an indispensable resource for professionals working in this field.--Robert Prentky, PhD, Justice Resource Institute, Boston, MA
As an introduction to developing our responses to younger sex offenders, this book is a worthy addition to the literature.
--British Journal of Forensic Practice, 11/3/2010ƒƒ
Drs. Barbaree and Marshall have amassed a panel of knowledgeable contributors who define what we do and do not know about juvenile sex offenders, the risk factors for their offending, and the triggers and concomitant problems of their offending. The chapters are written in such a comprehensive and understandable manner that each is invaluable as a freestanding resource for time-pressed practitioners with questions in a specific area, without the need of reading the entire book to grasp the concepts....What is particularly useful is the frequent integration of information about the adult sexual offending of juvenile sexual offenders, which provides a long-term perspective that is useful not only for developmental understanding and long-term risk assessment, but also for developing mitigation themes for sex offender evaluations....This book is recommended for child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists, forensic psychiatrists and psychologists, social workers, and other mental health and legal professionals working in clinical practice and juvenile justice with these youth.
--Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 6/21/2008ƒƒ
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, 6/21/2008