Special Issue – Children & Young People Who Display Harmful Sexual Behaviour
This special issue sprang from a conversation with editor, Sarah Brown, during NOTA conference some 3 or 4 years ago. One of my fellow editors, Kevin Creeden, had presented on the neurological impact of trauma and the effects of this on young people’s functioning and behaviour generally, and on their sexual behaviour in particular. My other co-editor, Dawn Fisher, and I had also been discussing innovative treatments involving mindfulness and bio-feedback techniques, among others. These emerging issues illustrate the pace at which the child and adolescent harmful sexual behaviour field is developing. Altogether, the time seemed ripe for an issue exploring current thinking and research relating to this group of younger people – so here it is!
Identifying and Treating Youth Who Sexually Offend: Current Approaches, Techniques and Research Edited by Robert Geffner, Kristina Crumpton Franey, Teri Geffner Arnold, Robert Falconer. 2204. pp. xxi + 317. ISBN 0 7890 2787 9.
Those searching for a reference source which addresses the principal area of ‘adolescents who sexually offend’, from both a clinical and research perspective, need look no further.
This report, entitled “Basically… porn is everywhere,” was commissioned by the office of the Children’s Commissioner for England. The work was led by Middlesex University and was a collaboration of four universities. The guiding questions for the enquiry were:
1. Identify and assess the existing evidence base on children and young people’s access and exposure to pornography.
2. Identify and assess the existing evidence base on the effects that access and exposure to pornography have on children and young people’s sexual expectations, attitudes and behaviours.
3. Draw upon existing literature reviews and meta-analyses on the associations between access and exposure to sexualised or violent visual imagery on children and young people, and consider whether this bears relevance to the issue in question.
To read and/or download the report, click the image above, or here.