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.

Penile Plethysmography: Will We Ever Get It Right?

Penile Plethysmography: Will We Ever Get It Right?

Penile plethysmography: Will we ever get it right?
D. RichardLawsSouth Island Consulting Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

This is a wide-ranging chapter that is intended to review many of the problems that beset the use of penile plethysmography. In the chapter I consider the following areas: how I became involved with the technology; PPG as a technology, procedure, and art; standardization problems with the procedure; construct validity; whether or not it is a genuine test; how well it predicts sexual reoffending; legal challenges to the procedure; and whether it has any real utility. What follows, then, is what my clinical experience and an emerging literature have taught me over the past 35 years. I am a former true believer who ...

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