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DiCataldo, Frank C
The perversion of youth : controversies in the assessment and treatment of juvenile sex offenders / Frank C. DiCataldo
New York : New York University Press, c2009
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  HV9067.S48 D53 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Teenage sex offenders -- Psychology
Teenage sex offenders -- Rehabilitation
Child sex offenders -- Psychology
Child sex offenders -- Rehabilitation
Physical Description x, 269 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-252) and index
Contents The birth of a moral panic -- The return of the blob : the heterogeneity of juvenile sex offenders -- Test authors in search of a clinical population : risk assessment instruments for juvenile sex offenders -- The adolescent as sexual deviant : the treatment of juvenile sex offenders -- Creating the objects of our concern : normal childhood sexuality and the invention of childhood sexual behavior problems -- Becoming a man : the waiver of the juvenile sex offender to adult court -- Making monsters : the civil commitment of juvenile sex offenders -- Collateral consequences : the invisible punishment of the juvenile sex offender
Review "Many strategies being used today to deal with juvenile sex offenders - and even to define what criteria to use in defining "juvenile sex offender" - do not have empirical support and, Frank C. DiCataldo cautions, may be doing more harm to children and society than good. The Perversion of Youth critiques the current system and its methods for treating and categorizing juveniles, and calls for a major reevaluation of how these cases should be managed in the future. Through an analysis of the history of the problem and an empirical review of the literature, including specific cases and their outcomes, DiCataldo demonstrates that current practices are based more on our collective fears and moral passions than on any supportive science or sound policy."--BOOK JACKET
Series Psychology and crime series

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