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Assessing Risk in Sex Offenders: A Practitioner's Guide

ISBN: 978-0-470-01897-2
270 pages
May 2008
Assessing Risk in Sex Offenders: A Practitioner
Assessing Risk in Sex Offenders: A Practitioner's Guide is a handy resource for forensic practitioners responsible for assessing an managing sexual offenders at risk of recidivism. It covers the risk factors associated with sexual recidivism, evaluates risk assessment approaches and offers guidance on how to conduct forensic evaluations.

Written by an expert author team, Assessing risk in Sex Offenders: A Practitioner's Guide examines:

  • The characteristics of sexual offenders
  • Methodological considerations in measuring predictive accuracy
  • Static and dynamic factors
  • Structured risk assessments
  • Treatment of sexual offenders
  • Policy and practices
Assessing Risk in Sex Offenders: A Practitioner's Guide is an essential resource for clinical and forensic psychologists, forensic psychiatrists, undergraduate and postgraduate students in forensic and clinical psychology, and prison and probation officers.
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About the Authors.

Preface: The Extent of Sexual Violence and the Risk Approach.

Acknowledgements.

PART I. BACKGROUND, DEVELOPMENTAL FRAMEWORKS AND PREDICTIVE ACCURACY.

1. Characteristics of Sexual Offenders.

2. Developmental Frameworks and Functional Analysis.

3. Methodological Considerations in Measuring Predictive Accuracy.

PART II. STATIC RISK FACTORS.

4. Static Factors Associated with Sexual Recidivism.

5. Actuarial and Clinically Guided Measures.

PART III. DYNAMIC RISK FACTORS.

6. Dynamic Factors Associated with Sexual Recidivism.

7. Treatment and Sexual Recidivism.

PART IV. STRUCTURING RISK ASSESSMENT.

8. Aetiology and Risk.

PART V. POLICY AND PRACTICE.

9. Implementing Risk Management Policy.

10. Improving Risk Assessment Estimates.

11. Strengths Based Approaches to Risk Assessment.

References.

Index.

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Leam A. Craig is Director of Forensic Programmes at Forensic Psychology Practice Ltd, and an Honorary Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Birmingham. His work includes direct services to forensic NHS Adult Mental Health Trusts and consultancy to Prison and Probation Services.

Anthony R. Beech is Reader in Forensic Psychology at the University of Birmingham. He is the principle researcher on the Sex Offender Treatment Evaluation Project team that has examined the effectiveness of treatment for sex offenders provided in UK prisons and probation services. His book, Theories of Sexual Offending, is currently in production at Wiley.

Kevin D. Browne is Director of the School of Psychology and Professor of Forensic and Family Psychology at the University of Birmingham. He was a founding editor of Child Abuse Review and has published two books with Wiley previously.

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"Encourages readers to really think about how this area of research and practice is developing, and on what we need to focus our attention. It achieves this very well indeed, and I warmly commend it as a highly valuable source."(The Howard Journal, December 2009)

"This book is good for learning how to assess risk with sex offenders, a population with a high recidivism rate. It is well written and covers the topic thoroughly. ... This book should be in the libraries of forensic psychologists involved in sex offender work." (Doody's, April 2009)

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