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.

The Classification of Sex Offenders

The Classification of Sex Offenders

The classification of sex offenders
Devon L. L.PolaschekVictoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

The classification of sexual offenders is a topic that receives only sporadic attention, despite its potential importance in the understanding of sexual assaults and their perpetrators (Grubin & Kennedy, 1991), and in the construction of good etiological theory (Millon, 1991). A reliable and valid classificatory system also informs the assessment of offenders, the design and evaluation of treatment, and prediction of future risk.

At this point in the evolution of sex offender classification systems, two things are clear. First, sexual deviance, even if limited to acts of criminal sexual expression, comprises a diverse range of behaviors, and the people who carry out these behaviors are highly heterogeneous (Bickley & Beech, ...

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