Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders: A Handbook by Anthony R. Beech, Leam A. Craig, Kevin D. Browne

By Anthony R. Beech, Leam A. Craig, Kevin D. Browne

A accomplished source for practitioners operating with sexual offenders.

  • Discusses checks and interventions, in addition to offering a finished literature review
  • There are round 10,000 convictions or cautions for sexual offences within the united kingdom every year; early proof means that remedy programmes can halve re-conviction rates
  • Edited through a school of Birmingham staff who're global leaders in gaining knowledge of this sector; the topic is of curiosity world wide, with powerful markets in Canada and New Zealand
  • Includes fabric on coping with offenders with developmental disabilities and people with risky and serious character disease  

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The Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) is a one-hour structured semi-clinical interview which focuses on early attachment experiences and their effects. Subjects are asked for five adjectives to describe their relationship to each parent during childhood, and then for memories which support the choice of each adjective. They are asked whether they felt closer to one parent, or rejected during childhood, whether parents had been threatening with them and why parents may have behaved as they did during childhood; and how these experiences may have affected the development of their personality.

The assessment is based on a set of nine-point rating scales which address: childhood experience with each parent, the client’s current state of mind in relation to this experience, and the overall coherence of the transcript and any lapse in reasoning. Rational discourse is considered to be high in quality (evidenced), quantity (succinct yet complete), relevant, and clear and orderly. 1. The AAI has been widely used and validated (Fonagy, Steele & Steele, 1991), and although there are criticisms of it, it does appear to show a high concordance with observational studies.

Sexual victimisation is also associated with sex offenders who began their sexually coercive behaviour in adolescence rather than as adults, and similarly with earlier onset of masturbation (Smallbone & McCabe, 2003). Craissati and colleagues (Craissati, McClurg & Browne, 2002b; Craissati & Beech, 2004, 2006) explored the role of key adverse developmental experiences in sex offenders in a series of studies across London. They found that around half of all child molesters (and a quarter of rapists) reported sexual victimisation, although this figure dropped when the methodology was based on probation file information rather than clinical interview.

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