Why do men rape women? What causes an adult to sexually molest a child? Understanding why sexual deviance occurs, how it develops, and how it changes over time is essential in preventing sexual predation and designing intervention programs for relapse prevention.

Sexual Deviance: Issues and Controversies

addresses the biological, developmental, cultural, and learning factors in the genesis of sexual deviancy and links those theories to interventions with sex offenders. Edited by renowned sexual behavior experts Tony Ward, D. Richard Laws, and Stephen M. Hudson, this exceptional volume is divided into two sections. The first section covers explanations for sexual deviance, including ethical issues and classification systems for sexually deviant disorders. The second section addresses responses to sexual deviance, including traditional and modern intervention approaches.

An eminent group of scholars, researchers, and clinicians examine

The “whys” behind sexual deviance; Controversies surrounding offender rehabilitation; The relationship between theory and practice; All paraphilias including molestation and sexual assault; Cutting edge developments in etiology, rehabilitation, and practice

Sexual Deviance: Issues and Controversies

provides a comprehensive view of the psychological, biological, cultural, and situational factors that predispose sex offenders. Some of the world's leading authorities in the area of understanding and treating sex offenders discuss, debate, and review the ideas and values underpinning research and treatment of sexual deviance.

Tailored for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in courses on abnormal psychology, psychopathology, forensic psychology, and criminology, Sexual Deviance: Issues and Controversies is also essential reading for psychologists, criminal justice professionals, and policy makers.

Good Lives and the Rehabilitation of Sexual Offenders

Good Lives and the Rehabilitation of Sexual Offenders

Good lives and the rehabilitation of sexual offenders
TonyWardUniversity of Melbourne
Claire A.StewartDeakin University

The model of offender rehabilitation currently dominant in the correctional domain is concerned with risk management, where the primary aim of rehabilitating offenders is to avoid harm to the community rather than to improve offenders’ quality of life; the model is known as the risk-need approach to offender rehabilitation (Andrews & Bonta, 1998; Garland, 2001; Hannah-Moffat, 1999; McGuire, 2000; Ward & Brown, in press). According to this perspective, although the enhancement of offenders’ functioning may be viewed as desirable, it should not be the primary objective of program developers and policymakers. Rather, the relationship between offenders’ levels of functioning and recidivism rates is an instrumental one: ...

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