Pedophilia and sexual offending against children: theory, assessment, and intervention

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American Psychological Association, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 303 pages
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Contrary to popular belief, not all sex offenders who target children are pedophiles, and not all pedophiles commit sexual offenses. But what is unequivocal is that pedophilia, which is defined as a persistent sexual interest in prepubescent children, is an emotionally charged and controversial topic. Parents are understandably worried about the safety and well-being of their children and want to protect them from being sexually exploited. Mental health and criminal justice professionals want to learn more about the assessment methods and intervention techniques that are available to develop and implement effective policies and practices. In this book, Michael C. Seto addresses key concerns and questions in dealing with these clinical populations: How can pedophilia be detected? What causes pedophilia and sexual offending against children, and what is the relationship between the two? How do we assess risk to sexually offend? Finally, what do we know about intervention and prevention to reduce the occurrence of sexual offenses against children? In addition to a comprehensive synthesis of theory and research, the author demonstrates how this knowledge informs current treatment practices with the inclusion of illustrative case examples, sample interview questions, assessment tools, and online resources. -- Jacket. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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Contents

Assessment Methods
23
Different Approaches to Studying Pedophiles
47
Origins of Sexual Offending Against Children
75
Etiology of Pedophilia
101
Incest
123
Risk Assessment
141
Intervention
167
Afterword
209
Risk Assessment
221
Author Index
279
Subject Index
291
About the Author
303
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About the author (2008)

Michael C. Seto is with the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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