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Sexual Deviance, Second Edition: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment [Hardcover]

D. Richard Laws PhD , William T. O'Donohue PhD

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Jan. 7 2008 1593856059 978-1593856052 Second Edition

Now in a fully revised and updated second edition, this important work provides authoritative scientific and applied perspectives on the full range of paraphilias and other sexual behavior problems. For each major clinical syndrome, a chapter on psychopathology and theory is followed by a chapter on assessment and treatment. Challenges in working with sex offenders are considered in depth. Thoroughly rewritten to reflect a decade of advances in the field, the second edition features many new chapters and new authors. New topics include an integrated etiological model, sexual deviance across the lifespan, Internet offenders, multiple paraphilias, neurobiological processes, the clinician as expert witness, and public health approaches.

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"This second edition builds nicely on the solid foundation of its predecessor. The book is comprehensive, with an appreciation of the influence of research, theory, practice, culture, and politics. Positive and negative treatment outcomes, as well as areas in which adequate knowledge is currently lacking, are appropriately cited. Laws and O'Donohue recognize the importance of evidence-based understandings, as opposed to uninformed opinions, bias, or fads. This is a worthwhile text for clinicians, researchers, and students interested in learning more about sexual deviance, its possible causes, and potential treatments."--Fred S. Berlin, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Founder, Johns Hopkins Sexual Disorders Clinic, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

"This second edition is a welcome contribution for many audiences. Suitable as a text for upper-division and graduate courses in psychology, it is also an excellent resource for practicing psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. No other text captures so well the current state of scientific knowledge on the paraphilias, or points so clearly to the gaps in that knowledge. This book should be required reading for anyone treating patients with sexual deviations, evaluating sex offenders, or formulating public policy about sex offenses."--Park Dietz, MD, MPH, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA School of Medicine

"Written by a veritable 'who's who' of international experts, this practical and theoretical resource is a 'must read' for anyone interested in human sexual deviancy. Psychopathologists and legal professionals alike will appreciate chapters devoted to understanding, assessing, and treating individuals with paraphilias, including Internet sex offenders. The many citations will benefit scholars, students, and those needing to prepare for courtroom testimony. The editors' candid appraisal of deficiencies in the current knowledge base, and their sound guidance for the next generation of researchers, enhance the volume's credibility. I wish a book like this had been available 30 years ago when I began my career!"--Jim Peters, criminal prosecutor, Eagle, Idaho

"The word 'classic' is used all too frequently. In the case of Sexual Deviance, though, it is an apt descriptor. In the decade since the original publication of this important work, it has become an indispensable resource for clinicians, researchers, and law enforcement personnel. This second edition follows in the tradition of the original volume by drawing on a rigorous scholarly approach that comprehensively covers all aspects of sexual deviance. This revision has captured the many developments in the field, and will be invaluable for all those who work with sexual offenders."--James R. P. Ogloff, JD, PhD, Professor of Clinical Forensic Psychology and Director, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Monash University, Australia

"The essential reference work....This is a comprehensive, scholarly, and up-to-date account of the state of the art in both theory and practice....This is a superb and indispensable book for those involved in the field....Essential reading. I will use [it] to inform my assessments and formulations, to guide the advice I give to other agencies, to better consider treatment options, to inform service development, and to prompt and formulate clinical research questions."--The British Journal of Psychiatry
(The British Journal of Psychiatry 2008-01-09)

"This book is an essential starting point for any forensic practitioner involved in the assessment and treatment of sexual deviance....The editors are frank in their assessment of the current state of the field of sexual deviance and clear in their opinions regarding continuing problems. I sensed the influence of this sober and realistic editorial tone filtering down into the individual chapters, which have a pragmatic orientation....For the less common paraphilias, this book alone will be more than sufficient. For the more common clinical syndromes, such as pedophilia and rape, this book will serve as a useful starting point or a source to turn to for a quick review of up-to-date information. Even for those who have the first edition on the bookshelf, this second edition is recommended. The additional areas covered in this new edition of the book alone will make it worth the purchase price. For those considering this book for the first time, it is highly recommended. The book is a definitive starting point for any review of sexual deviance and paraphilias. I expect that it will replace the first edition as one of the key references in the field of sexual deviance."--Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
(Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 2008-01-09)

"The essential reference work....This is a comprehensive, scholarly, and up-to-date account of the state of the art in both theory and practice....Essential reading."--The British Journal of Psychiatry
(The British Journal of Psychiatry 2008-01-09)

"A comprehensive overview of the sexual disorders found in the DSM-IV-TR....An important contribution to the sexology and forensic literatures. The text is easy to read for those who are not experienced with this literature and therefore provides an important reference guide to clinicians across a number of professional domains."--Sex Roles
(Sex Roles 2008-01-09)

About the Author

D. Richard Laws, PhD, is the codirector of the Pacific Psychological Assessment Corporation and the director of Pacific Design Research in Victoria, British Columbia; an adjunct faculty member at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia; and Honourary Professor at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. Dr. Laws is past president of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. He is known in the field of sexual deviance for his development of assessment procedures, program development, and evaluation. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters in this area, serves on the editorial boards of several journals, and is the editor or coeditor of six previous books.


William T. O’Donohue, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist in Nevada, has been a full Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, since 1999. Dr. O’Donohue is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and has served on the board of directors of this organization. Since 1996, he has received over $1.5 million in federal grant monies from sources including the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Justice. He has edited over 30 books, coauthored three books, and published more than 100 articles in scholarly journals.

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sexual pathologies/deviance April 28 2008
By Dr Max Little - Published on
This is a very comprehensive textbook on sexual deviance and pathologies. It poignantly indicates how we have circumscribed our therapies for sex offenders, without a real quest for what actually works to reduce recidivism in the future. It is my opinion that we need to test therapeutic modalities for sexual deviance more to ascertain what really works, instead of simply throwing funds into programs without closely tracking results. Apparently, we need much more follow-up and longitudinal studies to develop an accurate perspective of a program's efficacy in terms of reducing reoffense.

Dr. Laws commences the book with strong criticism of some of our current research methodologies and practices. Mental health professionals undoubtedly need to exercise more scientific rigor, especially with this hot button topic. A California program for sex offenders was referenced and rigorously critiqued for its shortcomings. Should the California model be adopted as a national standard notwithstanding its obvious lack of demonstrable success?
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars Aug. 14 2014
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good text book for psych majors...but also study other opinions
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4.0 out of 5 stars S.D. review Dec 6 2013
By WisdomThang - Published on
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Many people have deviant personalities which they are unaware of or who keep it to themselves. I use this book as reference to understand those personalities better and not to judge anybody or ostracize anybody.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of it's kind Oct. 19 2009
By Theresa Porter - Published on
For any professional interested in working with pedophiles, rapists, exhibitionists or any other of the other sexual deviancies.

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