timely publication on assessment and treatment of sexual offenders, in this
instance focusing on intellectually disabled individuals, the authors provide a
helpful, companion volume to Assessment
and Treatment of Sexual Offenders: A Handbook (Beech, Craig & Browne,
2009). While earlier books (Blasingame,
2005; Haaven, Little & Petre-Miller, 1990; Lindsay, Taylor & Sturmey,
2004) have advanced evaluation and intervention work with sexual offenders who
have intellectual disabilities, this publication pursues that aim more thoroughly
than any book of its kind in print today.
Leam Craig, William Lindsay, and Kevin Browne address both clinical and
forensic issues, as well as provide a comprehensive review of the literature,
in a way that will greatly assist researchers and practitioners in this area. As a work in progress in a developing field,
this book is an information cornucopia teeming with ideas and asking relevant questions
throughout. It will interest newcomers to the field while offering more seasoned readers an opportunity to examine
these issues and further advance their knowledge in work with intellectually
disabled sexual offenders.
authors are recognised experts in working with sex offenders who have
intellectual disabilities. Part One of
the book develops a broad understanding of characteristics and prevalence of
sexual offending amongst the intellectually disabled. Developmental pathways are explored in a
chapter by Susan Hayes together with the application of a self regulation model
with sex offenders with intellectual disabilities by Lynne Eccleston, Tony Ward,
and Barry Waterman. Issues arising in
relation to family offending by adolescent with intellectual disabilities are
also addressed before the book proceeds to look more closely at clinical
forensic issues concerning diagnostic assessment and co-morbidity. This part of the book focuses on variables
such as psychiatric illness, pervasive developmental challenges, and sexual
identity disorders and their impact on risk in people with intellectual
disabilities. Helpful case examples provide
guidance and emphasize a need for caution when making diagnostic judgements
with this population.
Part Three explores
risk assessment, with William Lindsay and John Taylor examining recidivism rates
and Catrin Morrissey focusing on the impact of assessed personality disorders
in sexual offenders with intellectual disabilities. Douglas Boer and his colleagues suggest important
potential adaptations of measures frequently used with mainstream offenders (e.g.
the HCR-20 and the SVR-20) for use with offenders with have intellectual
Part Four concentrates
on the use of psychometric measures of sexual deviance on offenders with
intellectual disabilities, as well as evaluating treatment needs in this
population. Part Five focuses on
treatment issues examining both community and prison based intervention
programmes for sex offenders with intellectual disabilities. A helpful chapter by Shawn Mosher considers
specific challenges with regard to staff support and development in this area
of treatment. Marleen Verhoeven explores the potential merit in employing DBT
with intellectually disabled offenders to reduce emotional and behavioural
dysregulation and to improve therapeutic receptivity. The book closes with a chapter by Hannah Ford
and John Rose considering future directions for managing and treating
intellectually disabled sex offenders more effectively. They describe the need for improved education
and training for staff and carers, together with increased efforts to access
additional resources to develop treatment approaches and monitor outcomes of
treatment more consistently.
and Browne’s book is essential reading for anyone wishing to responsibly
develop or evaluate work with sexual offenders who have intellectual
disabilities. It is an informative–yet
readable–volume offering an honest appraisal of an emerging field.
Craig, L.A., & Browne, K.D. (Eds) (2009). Assessment and treatment of sex offenders: handbook. Chichester,
John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
(2005). Developmentally disabled persons
with sexual behaviour problems: treatment, management and supervision, 2nd
edn. Woods and Barnes Publishing, Oklahoma City.
Little,R. & Petre-Miller, D. (1990). Treating
intellectually disabled sex offenders. Orwell VT: Safer Society Press.
Taylor, J.L., & Sturmey, P., (Eds) (2004), Offenders with developmental disabilities. Chichester, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
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