Desistance from Sex Offending: Alternatives to Throwing Away the Keys

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Guilford Press, Mar 11, 2011 - Psychology - 306 pages
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This book offers a fresh perspective on treating a population that is often demonized by policymakers, the public, and even clinicians. The authors argue that most sex offenders are "people like us," with the potential to lead meaningful, law-abiding lives—if given a chance and appropriate support. They describe an empirically and theoretically grounded rehabilitation approach, the Good Lives Model, which can be integrated with the assessment and intervention approaches that clinicians already use. Drawing on the latest knowledge about factors promoting desistance from crime, the book discusses how encouraging naturally occurring desistance processes, and directly addressing barriers to community reintegration, can make treatment more effective and long lasting.

 

 

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Contents

Chapter 1
3
Chapter 2
15
Chapter 3
27
Chapter 4
36
Chapter 5
53
Chapter 6
61
Chapter 7
89
Chapter 8
96
Chapter 11
151
Chapter 12
162
Chapter 13
175
Chapter 14
203
Chapter 15
231
Chapter 16
261
Chapter 17
280
References
285

Chapter 9
113
Chapter 10
135

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D. Richard Laws, PhD, is Codirector of the Pacific Psychological Assessment Corporation (PPAC) and Director of Pacific Design Research, which serves as a development arm of PPAC. Dr. Laws holds appointments at Simon Fraser University (Canada) and the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom). His research interests center primarily on development of assessment procedures for offenders. He is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and scholarly essays, and coeditor/coauthor of a number of books and manuals.   Tony Ward, PhD, is Head of School and Professor of Clinical Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His research interests include cognition in offenders, rehabilitation and reintegration processes, and ethical issues in forensic psychology. He has published extensively in these areas and has over 280 academic publications.

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