ERIC Number: EJ843730
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 110
The Role of Theory in the Assessment of Sex Offenders
Quackenbush, Ray E.
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, v12 n3-4 p77-102 2003
No generally accepted theory of sex offender behavior exists at this point. As clinical experience and research findings interact within an evolving theoretical framework, the picture of what is important, as well as what is possible to know about a sex offender, is rapidly changing. It is vital that mental health professionals, the legal system, social service agencies, and other consumers and providers of sex offender assessments be aware of both what is possible to learn about an offender as well as the limitations on that knowledge and its application. Prominent theories that influence the assessment of offenders in North America and Europe are presented and examined. Uses and limitations of each theory are discussed. Several trends emerge which could influence the future of sex offender assessment, treatment, management, and policy.
Descriptors: Sexual Abuse, Mental Health Workers, Foreign Countries, Clinical Experience, Criminals, Antisocial Behavior, Law Enforcement, Public Agencies, Social Services, Theories, Psychopathology, Diagnostic Tests, Psychological Testing, Trend Analysis, Therapy, Public Policy, Psychometrics, Measures (Individuals), Futures (of Society)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North America