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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.

Sexual Offending Behavior
Sexual offending behavior

Few acts evoke comparable levels of contempt and fear as those perpetrated by sexual offenders. These feelings are likely spurred by several factors. First, research shows that sexual offending behavior is not uncommon. Many people have experienced firsthand the psychological, social, and physical consequences of sexual victimization. If not a victim, it is highly likely that one knows someone who has been sexually offended against in some way (e.g, exhibitionism, frotteurism, stranger rape, date rape, child molestation). Additionally, sexual offending behavior has been the focus of popular television programs (e.g., Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Dateline NBC: To Catch a Predator) and numerous televised news segments claiming to provide a poignant and polished look into the lives of sexual ...

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