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Sexual Deviance Issues and Controversies

by Tony Ward

Sexual Deviance Issues and Controversies Synopsis

The editors of this book are among the world's leading authorities in the area of understanding and treating sex offenders. They address the biological, developmental, cultural, and learning factors in the genesis and development of sexual deviancy and link those theories to interventions with sex offenders. The book examines why sex offences are committed and covers the controversies surrounding what to do about these crimes. It discusses cutting-edge theoretical developments in etiology, rehabilitation and practice. The book is divided into two sections: The first covers explanations of sexual deviance, including ethical issues and classification systems for sexually deviant disorders. The second section addresses responses to sexual deviance including traditional and newer intervention approaches. This is an area fraught with controversies both within the clinical community and in the public policy sector, and the authors seek to discuss those issues that are particularly controversial.

Sexual Deviance Issues and Controversies Press Reviews

Ward, Laws, and Hudson make bold assertions challenging our preconceptions of assessment and treatment. However, taking a page from their own model, they develop these in a framework of promising approaches for improving assessment and treatment outcome, giving practitioners new ideas rather than simply providing what Dr. Laws refers to as a list of Thou-Shalt-Nots . Although many readers will wish for more explicit applications to special populations (females, developmentally delayed offenders, those in denial), this book will inform the work of virtually all ATSA members. While the authors have focused an ongoing critical eye to our work, this latest volume will challenge many of us to turn the same focus towards ourselves.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780761927327
Publication date: 14th January 2003
Author: Tony Ward
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 400 pages
Categories: Causes & prevention of crime, Sexual behaviour,

About Tony Ward

Tony Ward, PhD, DipClinPsyc, is the Director of the Forensic Psychology Programme at the University of Melbourne. He was previously director of the Kia Marama Programme for sexual offenders at Rolleston Prison, Christchurch, New Zealand. His research interests include the offense process in offenders, cognitive distortions and models of rehabilitation. He has published over 110 research articles, chapters and books. These include Remaking relapse prevention, Sage, (with D.R Laws and S. M. Hudson, 2000) and the Sourcebook of treatment programs for sexual offenders, Plenum (with W. L. Marshall, Y. A. Fernandez, and S. M. Hudson, 1998). He is currently working on a ...

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