Sex Offending: Causal Theories to Inform Research, Prevention, and Treatment

Pages: 278
Item #: 4316094
ISBN: 978-0-9792125-2-9
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Copyright: 2008
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Why do some men commit sex offenses? While the question might seem straightforward, the answer is anything but. In this book, the authors review and critique existing theories and the supporting literature on why adolescent and adult males commit such acts as child molestation, voyeurism, indecent exposure, rape, and other violent offenses against adults and children. Chapters explore a range of theories of etiology, including biological, cognitive, behavioral, social learning, personality/psychodynamic, and evolutionary theories, as well as theories that incorporate two or more of these viewpoints. The authors then present their original integrative theory of sex offending, and the ways it could influence prevention and treatment.

This book acknowledges that women can and do perpetrate sex offenses but focuses exclusively on developing a theory for male sex offenders. Scientists across psychology sub-disciplines and mental health professionals treating sex offenders will benefit from this book, as will law professionals working with this population. Public health officials and other policymakers charged with prevention and community awareness about sex offending will also find much food for thought in this book.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. Methodological Limitations of Relevant Research
  3. Biological Theories
  4. Cognitive Theories
  5. Behavioral Theories
  6. Social Learning Theories
  7. Personality Theories
  8. Evolutionary Theories
  9. Integrative Theories and Models
  10. Multimodal Self-Regulation Theory: A New Integration
  11. Future Directions for Research and Treatment


Author Index

Subject Index

About the Authors

Author Bios

Jill D. Stinson, Ph.D., formerly of the University of Arizona, is a clinician and researcher at Fulton State Hospital, a maximum-security forensic institution in Missouri. Her recent work includes examinations of mood disorders and emotional regulation in sexual offenders, sexual behavior problems in offenders with intellectual/developmental disabilities, the prediction of sexual and institutional violence, the development and evaluation of a new treatment method for sex offenders, and the use of functional behavioral analysis to assess sexual behavior. Dr. Stinson is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Psychology-Law Society, Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and Association for Psychological Science.

Bruce D. Sales, Ph.D., J.D., is Professor of Psychology, Sociology, Psychiatry, and Law at the University of Arizona, where he also directs its Psychology, Policy, and Law Program. Some of his other recent books are: Scientific Jury Selection (with J. Lieberman, 2007), Criminal Profiling: Developing an Effective Science and Practice (with S. Hicks, 2006), Experts in Court: Reconciling Law, Science, and Professional Knowledge (with D. Shuman, 2005), More Than the Law: Social and Behavioral Knowledge in Legal Decision-making (with P. English, 2005), Family Mediation: Facts, Myths and Future Prospects (with C. Beck, 2001), and Treating Adult and Juvenile Offenders with Special Needs (co-edited with J. Ashford & W. Reid, 2001). Professor Sales, the first editor of the journals Law and Human Behavior and Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and twice served as President of the American Psychology-Law Society. He received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology and Law from the American Psychology-Law Society, the Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Public Service from the American Psychological Association, and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the City University of New York for being the "founding father of forensic psychology as an academic discipline."

Judith V. Becker, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Arizona. She is the former president of both the International Academy of Sex Research and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. She is also the past editor of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment and currently serves on a number of editorial boards. Dr. Becker has authored or co-authored over 100 journal articles and chapters on adult and juvenile sex offenders, sexual abuse, and victimization. She also consults on forensic cases.

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