Children and young people who sexually abuse
New theory, research and practice developments
Edited by Martin C. Calder

This edited volume covers research and theoretical developments, engagement of young people, assessment issues, treatment issues, management issues, outcomes. It offers signposts to help you refine or extend the range of available intervention options. Builds on Calder's earlier works: Young people who sexually abuse: building the evidence base for your practice (2000) and Working with young people who sexually abuse: new pieces of the jigsaw puzzle (1999).

Large format paperback. 408 pages. 978-1-903855-50-8. Published 2005. £49.95.


Research and theoretical developments.
Attachment insecurity as a predisposing and precipitating factor for sexually abusive behaviour by young people.
The relationship between psychopathy, treatment completion and criminal outcome over ten years: a study of adolescent sex offenders.
Children with sexual behaviour problems: what have we learned in the last two decades?
Predictors of criminal activity in a sample of juvenile sexual aggressors of children.
Revisiting recent research on social learning theory as an etiological proposition for sexually abusive male adolescents.
Engagement of young people.
Making it fair: respectful and just intervention with disadvantaged young people who have abused.
Knocking on shame's door: facing shame without shaming disadvantaged young people who have abused.
You can get an adolescent to grunt but you can't make them talk: interviewing strategies with young people who sexually abuse.
Assessment issues.
Assessment and treatment strategies for children with sexually abusive behaviours: a review of the cognitive, developmental and outcome considerations.
Empathy, emotional intelligence and alexithymia: implications for research and practice with young people with sexually abusive behaviours.
Considerations for the assessment of female sexually abusive youth.
Treatment issues.
Integrating trauma and attachment research into the treatment of sexually abusive youth.
Experiential therapy: interactive interventions for young people who sexually abuse.
Cognitive behavioural treatment under the relapse prevention umbrella.
Emotion-focused therapy and children with problematic sexual behaviours.
Sexual offending and sexual behaviour problems: treatment with multisystemic therapy.
Mode deactivation therapy: cognitive-behavioural therapy for young people with reactive conduct disorders or personality disorders or traits who sexually abuse.
Management issues.
The extra dimension: developing a risk management framework.
The use of sex offender registration with young people who sexually abuse.
Family reunification in cases of sibling incest.
Sex offender treatment in a juvenile correctional setting: program description and nine-year outcome study.


"Workers are increasingly aware of the need to provide evidence based practice and this collection of writings is an excellent resource in support of that expectation." Rostrum.

"Very interesting and well-written chapters... reflect much of the current thinking about children and young people with sexually harmful or abusive behaviours: that they are a diverse population of children and young people, each on a unique developmental course: that their problematic behaviours typically result from a number of interacting individuals, familial and social factors, including, but not always, their own experience of abuse; that holistic and differential approaches to intervention are required (based on careful assessment of needs, strengths and risks); that responses to children and young people must be respectful and understanding, as well as inviting them to take age-appropriate responsibility for what they have done and for behavioural change; and that work must also actively involve parents and carers." Child and Family Social Work.

"Presents a range of material from around the world... interesting and relevant... a good additional resource for specialists working in this field." Community Care.