Treatment of Sex Offenders

Strengths and Weaknesses in Assessment and Intervention

  • D. Richard Laws
  • William O'Donohue

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Leam A. Craig, Martin Rettenberger
    Pages 19-44
  3. Robert J. B. Lehmann, Yolanda Fernandez, Leslie-Maaike Helmus
    Pages 45-81
  4. Don Grubin
    Pages 133-156
  5. Adam J. Carter, Ruth E. Mann
    Pages 157-174
  6. Jill S. Levenson
    Pages 223-241
  7. Joan Tabachnick, Kieran McCartan, Ryan Panaro
    Pages 323-342
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 343-348

About this book


This rigorous survey offers a comprehensive rethinking of the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders for a bold challenge to practitioners. It critiques what we understand about offenders and the mechanisms of offending behaviors, and examines how this knowledge can best be used to reduce offending and relapses.


To this end, experts weigh the efficacy of common assessment methods and interventions, the value of prevention programs, and the validity of the DSM’s classifications of paraphilias. This strengths/weaknesses approach gives professional readers a guide to the current state as well as the future of research, practice, and policy affecting this complex and controversial field.


Included in the coverage:


  • Strengths of actuarial risk assessment.
  • Risk formulation: the new frontier in risk assessment and management. 
  • Dynamic risk factors and offender rehabilitation: a comparison of the Good Lives Model and the Risk-Need-Responsivity Model.
  • The best intentions: flaws in sexually violent predator laws.
  • Desistance from crime: toward an integrated conceptualization for intervention.
  • From a victim/offender duality to a public health perspective.

    A call to clear thought and accurate action, Treatment of Sex Offend

    ers will generate discussion and interest among forensic psych

    ologists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and social workers.



    DSM-V and sexual disorders classification of sex offenses deviant sexual interests polygraphy and sex offenders prevention of sex offending treatment of sex offenders

    Editors and affiliations

    • D. Richard Laws
      • 1
    • William O'Donohue
      • 2
    1. 1.Pacific Behavioural AssessmentVictoriaCanada
    2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA

    Bibliographic information