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International Perspectives on the Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offenders: Theory, Practice and Research



International Perspectives on the Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offenders: Theory, Practice and Research


International Perspectives on the Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offenders: Theory, Practice and Research provides the first truly global perspective on the assessment and treatment of sex offenders.
  • Presents a comprehensive overview of current theories and practices relating to the assessment and treatment of sex offenders throughout the world, including the US, Europe, and Australasia
  • Covers all the major developments in the areas of risk assessment, treatment, and management
  • Includes chapters written by internationally respected practitioners and researchers experienced in working with sexual offenders such as Bill Marshall, Ruth Mann, Karl Hanson and Jayson Ware
About the Editors.

List of Contributors.

Poem (Moira Mpanza).

Preface (William L. Marshall).

Part I Introduction to the International Field of Sexual Offender Assessment and Treatment.

Chapter 1 Adult Sexual Offender Treatment – Is It Effective? (Reinhard Eher and Friedemann Pfafflin).

Chapter 2 Adult Sexual Offender Assessment (Carol A. Ireland and Leam A. Craig).

Chapter 3 Female Sexual Offenders (Franca Cortoni and Theresa A. Gannon).

Part II Sexual Offender Assessment: Issues and Applications.

Chapter 4 International Comparisons of the Validity of Actuarial Risk Tools for Sexual Offenders, with a Focus on Static-99 (Leslie Helmus, R. Karl Hanson, and Kelly E. Morton-Bourgon).

Chapter 5 Structured Professional Guidelines: International Applications (Martin Rettenberger and Stephen J. Hucker).

Chapter 6 Assessing the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse in Litigious Families in the Family Court (Chris Lennings, Annalese Bolton, and Emma Collins).

Chapter 7 Phallometric Assessment of Sexual Arousal (Hannah L. Merdian and David T. Jones).

Chapter 8 Proxy Measures of Sexual Deviancy (Wineke Smid, Daan van Beek, and Jelle Troelstra).

Chapter 9 Uses, Misuses, and Abuses of Risk Assessment with Sexual Offenders (Lea H. Studer, A.Scott Aylwin, Christine Sribney, and John R. Reddon).

Part III Sexual Offender Treatment: Issues and Applications.

Chapter 10 Theoretical Perspectives and their Practical Application for Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offenders with an Intellectual Disability (William R. Lindsay).

Chapter 11 Development and Evaluation of a Treatment Program for Incarcerated Rapists in South Africa (Lorinda Bergh).

Chapter 12 The Danish Sexual Offender Treatment and Research Program (DASOP) (Ellids Kristensen, Peter Fristed, Marianne Fuglestved, Eva Grahn, Mikael Larsen, Tommy Lillebæk, and Thorkil Sørensen).

Chapter 13 Multisystemic Therapy with Juvenile Sexual Offenders: Development, Validation, and Dissemination (Charles M. Borduin, Richard J. Munschy, David V. Wagner, and Erin K. Taylor).

Chapter 14 Risk, Needs, and Responsivity Principles in Action: Tailoring Rapist’s Treatment to Rapist Typologies (Sarah Reid, Nick J. Wilson, and Douglas P. Boer).

Chapter 15 The Importance of Contextual Issues within Sexual Offender Treatment (Jayson Ware).

Chapter 16 The Role of Culture in Sexual Offender Rehabilitation: A New Zealand Perspective (Armon J. Tamatea, Mate Webb, and Douglas P. Boer).

Chapter 17 Managing Sexual Offender Treatment Programs (Ruth E. Mann, Jayson Ware, and Yolanda M. Fernandez).

Chapter 18 Denial of Sexual Crimes: A Therapeutic Exploration (Kris Vanhoeck and Els Van Daele).

Chapter 19 Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (David S. Prescott and Joel Porter).

Chapter 20 Disclosing the Secret: Working with Families around Sexual Abuse Victimization (Yael Idisis and Sheri Oz).

Chapter 21 Pharmacotherapy of Sexual Offenders and Men who are at Risk of Sexual Offending (Peer Briken, Andreas Hill, and Wolfgang Berner).

Chapter 22 Bringing "Good Lives" to Life: Applying Social Therapy to Working with Sexual Offenders (Andrew Frost).

Chapter 23 Axis I Mental Health Disorders and Sexual Offending (Bruce D. Watt and Tania Withington).

Chapter 24 Sexual Offending in Psychotic Patients (Leam A. Craig and Orestis Giotakos).

Chapter 25 Forensic-Psychiatric Treatment for Internet Sex Offenders: Ten Years of Experience (Marc Graf and Volker Dittmann).

Chapter 26 Just an Incest Offender? (Lea H. Studer, Christine Sribney, A. Scott Aylwin, and John R. Reddon).

Chapter 27 The Internet and Sexual Offending: An International Perspective (Cynthia Calkins Mercado, Hannah L. Merdian, and Rudolf Egg).

Chapter 28 Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church and Other Youth-Serving Organizations (Cynthia Calkins Mercado, Karen Terry, and Anthony D. Perillo).

Chapter 29 American Sexual Offender Castration Treatment and Legislation (Elena del Busto and Michael C. Harlow).

Part IV Human Rights and Ethical Issues.

Chapter 30 Ethical Issues Regarding the Implementation of Sex Offender Treatment in Brazil (Danilo A. Baltieri, Arthur Guerra de Anrade and Douglas P. Boer).

Chapter 31 Community Protection from Sexual Violence: Intended and Unintended Outcomes of American Policies (Jill S. Levenson).

Chapter 32 Human Rights Issues in Sexual Offender Risk Assessment (James Vess).

Chapter 33 Morality and Legality in the Use of Antiandrogenic Pharmacotherapy with Sexual Offenders (Karen Harrison and Bernadette Rainey).

Part V Future Directions.

Chapter 34 The Role of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (IATSO) in International Public Policy and Practice (Friedemann Pfafflin and Reinhard Eher).

Chapter 35 Dealing with Missing Data: The Promise of Dunkelfeld Research with Sexual Offenders against Minors (Steven Feelgood and Gerard A. Schaefer).

Chapter 36 The Future of Sexual Offender Treatment Programs (William L. Marshall and Liam E. Marshall).


“I would recommend this book. It is a useful text for anyone interested in current thinking around sex offender assessment and treatment. Its international perspective makes it different from other texts, covering many overlooked aspects of treatment and practice.”  (The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 8 November 2013)

"There are some features in International Perspectives that one will not find in other texts. There is an entire section on human rights and ethical issues as they apply to sex offender assessment and treatment. This section includes an excellent chapter by Levenson on the unintended consequences of American policies regarding sex offenders, a second on human rights issues involved in risk assessment, and another on ethical and legal issues involved in antiandrogen treatment of sex offenders... I know of no other text that provides the breadth of coverage and diversity of viewpoints found in International Perspectives on the Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Offenders: Theory, Practice, and Research." (PsycCRITIQUES, 14 March 2012)