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Sexual aggression
Shaw, Jon A.
First edition.
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Washington, DC : American Psychiatric Press, [1999]

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xv, 343 pages ; 24 cm
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RC560.S47 S488 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In recent years society has witnessed more and more reports of violence and abuse related to sexual aggression. The increase of sexually aggressive behavior among adolescent offenders is of particular concern and consideration.

Sexual Aggression explores this phenomenon -- from the recognition of the development of sexual behavior problems in childhood to the assessment and treatment of both male and female adolescent and adult sex offenders. The book is divided into two sections. The first section presents an overview of the problem of sexual aggression and the psychological consequences of such acts, covering important topics such as childhood sexual development and forms of non-normative behavior within the family. The issue of sexual harassment of children is examined as well as the short-term and long-term consequences of sexual abuse and victimization. Cultural and ethnic influences are explored as they relate to the response to abuse by the child and family.

The second section assesses and evaluates sexually aggressive behavior and offers treatment options. Both male and female offenders are described, as are the determinants of adolescent sexual aggression. The final chapters address the complex evaluation of child sex offenders and the therapeutic and pharmacological strategies for treatment.

A thorough yet accessible approach to the phenomenology and assessment of sexually aggressive behavior, Sexual Aggression is especially relevant to psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers who treat sexually aggressive adolescents and adults -- as well as the victims of sexual aggression.

Author Notes

Jon A. Shaw, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami, Florida.

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The first section of this book provides an overview of the problem of sexual aggression--primarily by adolescents, although some attention is paid to adult men and women offenders. Chapters explore background influences such as previous abuse, family structure, and culture. The second section deals with assessment problems and treatment options. Because chapters are written by different authors, there is some redundancy of material, but taken altogether, this volume presents a good compilation of what is known and not known from research findings. Most of the chapters are clearly written with a minimum of theoretical interpretation of the findings. The frequent case studies are to the point and help the reader understand both the behavior of the offender and consequences to the victims. This reviewer found the chapter on cognitive-behavioral treatment strategies for adolescent sex offenders particularly impressive in its summation of what is known about effective treatment methods. The book closes with an overview of the use of psychopharmacological interventions with both adolescent and adult offenders. Each chapter is heavily referenced. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. W. P. Anderson; University of Missouri--Columbia