Sexual Offending

Predisposing Antecedents, Assessments and Management

  • Amy Phenix
  • Harry M. Hoberman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Tony Ward, Stephanie Fisher, Anthony Beech
    Pages 1-11
  3. Disorders and Types of Sexual Offending

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Jill D. Stinson, Judith V. Becker
      Pages 15-27
    3. Skye Stephens, Michael C. Seto
      Pages 29-43
    4. Gary Zinik, Jesus Padilla
      Pages 45-66
    5. Jain Ashok, Mohan Nair, Robert Friedman
      Pages 67-77
    6. Richard B. Krueger, Meg S. Kaplan
      Pages 79-102
    7. Drew A. Kingston
      Pages 103-118
    8. William D. Murphy, I. Jacqueline Page, Harry M. Hoberman
      Pages 185-212
    9. Franca Cortoni, Theresa A. Gannon
      Pages 213-224
  4. Assessment and Risk Appraisal of Sexual Offenders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Anita Schlank, Saprina Matheny, Jessica Schilling
      Pages 247-264
    3. Robert J. McGrath
      Pages 265-278
    4. Douglas L. Epperson, Christopher A. Ralston
      Pages 397-415
    5. Dale Arnold, Marianne Davis
      Pages 417-435
    6. L. Maaike Helmus, R. Karl Hanson, Kelly M. Babchishin
      Pages 457-470
    7. Marnie E. Rice, Grant T. Harris
      Pages 471-488
    8. Grant Duwe, Pamela Freske
      Pages 489-502
    9. David Thornton
      Pages 503-520
  5. Management and Public Policy Issues Regarding Sexual Offenders

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 871-885

About this book


This expert reference provides a broad, comprehensive review of the major domains concerning sexual offending. Beginning with a general etiological model of sexual offending, chapters follow addressing the primary predisposing conditions related to sexual offending (e.g. pedophilic, hebephilic, paraphilic rape and non-contact paraphilic disorders, hypersexuality and personality-related factors. In addition, special subgroups of sexual offenders (females, youth and the intellectually disabled) are considered. Both broad and specific perspectives on the assessment of sexual offenders are provided. Several perspectives are offered on so-called clinical evaluations of such offenders, including the central utility of structured psychological assessment approaches. A detailed chapter is provided on the principles and practices regarding the great majority of evaluations of sexual offenders that are actually forensic in nature. Considerable emphasis is focused on scientific risk assessment for sexual offending, including a novel conceptual model of risk and threat assessment. More specifically, each of the primary approaches or instruments developed for the risk assessment of future sexual offending are addressed including the “Static” risk measures, the Sex Offender Risk Appraisal Guide, forms of Structured Clinical Judgment, and varied measures of dynamic or criminogenic needs assessments. Finally, multiple aspects related to the management of sexual offenders are discussing including contemporary models of psychosocial treatments, the question of effectiveness of such treatments, biological interventions, civil commitment, circles of support and the containment approach to community management. A distinctive feature of this book is that chapters are authored by both prominent international experts and experienced; practicing professionals to best provide a breadth of useful perspective.

Among the topics covered:     

  • Pedophilic, Hebephilic, Rape Paraphilic Disorders and the variety of Non Contact sexual offending conditions
  • Personality, related conditions, & their association with sexual offending: motivators and disinhibition in context.
  • Disorders of hypersexuality.
  • Assessments of sexual offenders, including the role of psychological testing, clinical & interview approaches, as well as forensic evaluations
  • Conceptual models of risk assessment & discussion of specific static, dynamic & structured clinical risk assessment approaches
  • Models of & reviews of treatment outcome with sexual offenders, including psychotherapy, psychopharmacology and castration, the containment approach, civil commitment & circles of support
  • Overview of public policy issues & an evidence-based perspective on sex offender registration and residential restrictions. 

This breadth of material in Sexual Offenders will help practitioners gain multiple levels of clinical insight as well as giving them up-to-date practical tools and techniques for working with this problematic class of individuals.


Integrated Theory of Sexual Offending The Containment Approach The Minnesota Sex Offender Screening Tool The Sex Offender Risk Appraisal Guide assessments of sexual offenders child molesting disorders of hypersexuality drug-facilitated sexual assault female sex offenders forensic therapy for sexual offenders hebephilic sexual offending intellectually disabled sexual offenders non-contact sexual offenses pedophilia rape rape and paraphilic sexual assault sexual offender treatment sexual offending sexual recidivism risk sexually abusive behavior sexually violent predator cases surgical castration theory of sexual offending

Editors and affiliations

  • Amy Phenix
    • 1
  • Harry M. Hoberman
    • 2
  1. 1.Private PracticeMorro BayUSA
  2. 2.PACIFICA Center, Forensic Psychology ConsultationsWayzataUSA

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