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Adolescent Molester

NCJ Number
W Breer
Date Published
228 pages
Written for clinicians who assess and treat teenage boys who sexually victimize younger children, this text explores the previously identified connection between being a victim of child sexual abuse and later becoming an offender.
Molestation is defined and distinguished from rape and experimentation. A formula is offered for the classification of molestation acts, reflecting the degree of sexual and psychological disturbance of the offender and the danger that he poses to the community. Additional chapters cover the psychodynamic factors that drive some boys to molest and the family systems from which adolescent sex offenders emerge. Further chapters focus on the clinical assessment process, the use of group psychotherapy, and other treatment modalities. The treatment guidelines focus on helping the adolescent sex offender to change the personality patterns that have led him into trouble. Treatment issues, transference, and countertransference are also examined. The author is a psychodynamically oriented clinician. Index, 16 references, and descriptions of dreams and writings of offenders. (Publisher summary modified)