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Female Sexual Offenders : Theory, Assessment and Treatment - Theresa A. Gannon

Female Sexual Offenders

Theory, Assessment and Treatment

By: Theresa A. Gannon (Editor), Franca Cortoni (Editor)

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`This is a landmark book on the explanation, assessment and treatment of female sex offenders, edited by two of the sexual offending field's emerging stars. Drs Theresa Gannon and Franca Cortoni, have gathered together many of the best researchers into female sexual offending and the various chapters analyse in depth the key issues confronting practitioners and researchers alike. In my view this is a monumental volume that will set the research and practice agenda for years to come. It is a first class piece of work.'---Professor Tony Ward, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

`The research and treatment literature regarding sexual offending has long focused on the misdeeds of men. However, as the scientific and popular focus on sexual offending has increased, so too has the realisation that we have underestimated the extent of (and, accordingly, failed to appreciate the effects of) sexually inappropriate behaviour in women. Drs Theresa Gannon and Franca Cortoni present a collection of chapters by clinicians and researchers knowledgeable about sexual violence in women. This unique and timely volume quite nicely combines theoretical perspectives with suggestions for effective interventions, as well as some thoughts regarding future directions---all geared specifically to women. A long time coming...this book was well worth the wait.'---Dr Robin J. Wilson, Clinical Director, Florida Civil Commitment Center, USA

A great deal of literature and empirical research exists regarding male sex offenders. However, research and treatment dealing specifically with female sexual offenders has only been emerging in recent years---but these efforts are rapidly gathering momentum.

Female Sexual Offenders: Theory, Assessment and Treatment represents the first book to bring together the most current research, clinical assessment, and treatment techniques of female sexual offenders into one accessible volume. The opening chapters provide a wealth of general contextual and background information, covering such issues as female-perpetrated sexual abuse prevalence, juvenile offenders, and current theoretical perspectives to explain this phenomenon. Subsequent chapters feature practitioner-focused essays which examine and evaluate current assessment strategies, treatment needs, effectiveness, and processes for female sexual offenders. Also included is an assessment of the risk of recidivism, international treatment initiatives, and a discussion on the latest research findings on the use of the polygraph with female sexual offenders.

The book concludes with an impassioned plea to redouble our efforts - specifically, gender-informed research efforts - if we are to make significant progress in our knowledge about the assessment and treatment of women sexual offenders. Female Sexual Offenders: Theory, Assessment and Treatment paves the way for future practitioners and researchers in this important area.

"The overall book is valuable for those working in thisfield and provides a good introduction to what we know at thistime." (The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice,1 July 2012)

"This is a landmark book on the explanation, assessment andtreatment of female sex offenders, edited by two of the sexualoffending fields emerging stars. Drs Theresa Gannon and FrancaCortoni have gathered together many of the best researchers intofemale sexual offending and the various chapters analyse in depththe key issues confronting practitioners and researchers alike. Inmy view this is a landmark volume that will set the research andpractice agenda for years to come. It is a first class piece ofwork." (Quote.com, 15 November 2010).

..". the overall book is valuable for those working in thisfield and provides a good introduction to what we know at thistime." (The Howard Journal, July 2012)

'This is a landmark book on the explanation, assessmentand treatment of female sex offenders, edited by two of the sexualoffending field's emerging stars. Drs Theresa Gannon andFranca Cortoni have gathered together many of the best researchersinto female sexual offending and the various chapters analyse indepth the key issues confronting practitioners and researchersalike. In my view this is a landmark volume that will set theresearch and practice agenda for years to come. It is a first classpiece of work.'
--Professor Tony Ward, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

'The research and treatment literature regarding sexualoffending has long focused on the misdeeds of men. However, as thescientific and popular focus on sexual offending has increased, sotoo has the realization that we have underestimated the extent of(and, accordingly, failed to appreciate the effects of) sexuallyinappropriate behaviour in women. In Female Sexual Offenders: Theory, Assessment and Treatment, Drs Theresa Gannon and FrancaCortoni present a collection of chapters by clinicians andresearchers knowledgeable about sexual violence in women. Thisunique and timely volume quite nicely combines theoreticalperspectives with suggestions for effective interventions, as wellas some thoughts regarding future directions--all gearedspecifically to women. A long time coming...this book was wellworth the wait.'
--Dr Robin J. Wilson, Clinical Director, Florida CivilCommitment Center, US

About the Editors.

List of Contributors.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1 Female Sexual Offenders: Theory, Assessment and Treatment ? An Introduction (Theresa A. Gannon and Franca Cortoni).

2 Understanding the Prevalence of Female-Perpetrated Sexual Abuse and the Impact of That Abuse on Victims (Jacqui Saradjian).

3 Theories of Female Sexual Offending (Danielle A. Harris).

4 The Juvenile Female Sexual Offender: Characteristics, Treatment and Research (Lisa L. Frey).

5 The Mental Health Needs of Female Sexual Offenders (Myriam-MĀ“elanie Rousseau and Franca Cortoni).

6 The Assessment of Female Sexual Offenders (Franca Cortoni).

7 The Treatment Needs of Female Sexual Offenders (Hannah Ford).

8 A Review of Treatment Initiatives for Female Sexual Offenders (Kelley Blanchette and Kelly N. Taylor).

9 Using the Polygraph with Female Sexual Offenders (Peggy Heil, Dominique Simons, and David Burton).

10 Working with Female Sexual Offenders: Therapeutic Process Issues (Sherry Ashfield, Sheila Brotherston, Hilary Eldridge, and Ian Elliott).

11 Developments in Female Sexual Offending and Considerations for Future Research and Treatment (Theresa A. Gannon, Mariamne R. Rose, and Franca Cortoni).

Index.

ISBN: 9780470683439
ISBN-10: 0470683430
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: 22nd July 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 17.1  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1