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Desistance from Sex Offending


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I. General Issues1. IntroductionII. The Criminological Perspective2. Defining and Measuring Desistance3. The Age-Crime Curve: A Brief Overview4. Theoretical Perspectives on Desistance5. Factors Influencing Desistance 6. Two Major Theories of Desistance III. The Forensic Psychological Perspective7. Do Sex Offenders Desist?8. Sex Offender Treatment and Desistance IV. Reentry and Reintegration9. Barriers to Reentry and Reintegration10. Overcoming Barriers to Reentry and Reintegration V. Recruitment11. The Unknown Sex Offenders: Bringing Them in from the Cold12. Blending Theory and Practice: A Criminological PerspectiveVI. Desistance-Focused Intervention13. The Good Lives Model of Offender Rehabilitation: Basic Assumptions, Etiological Commitments, and Practice Implications 14. The Good Lives Model and Desistance Theory and Research: Points of Convergence15. The Good Lives-Desistance Model: Assessment and TreatmentVII. Where to from Here?16. Dignity, Punishment, and Human Rights: The Ethics of Desistance17. Moral Strangers or One of Us?: Concluding Thoughts

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D. Richard Laws, PhD, Pacific Design Research, Victoria, BC, Canada, and Tony Ward, PhD, School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand


"A well-written text that advances the discussion of what we, as a society, can and should do with sex offenders...In their present work, Laws and Ward have accelerated the pace of our exploration into the study of desistance from sex offending." - Robert Furey, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 56, No. 15, April 13, 2011 "In an era of harsher sentences and stricter punishments, especially for sex offenders, this book is a breath of fresh air. Drawing on extensive clinical expertise and wisdom that comes from years of working with sex offenders, Laws and Ward provide an excellent guide to what needs to be done to help sex offenders change their lives and decrease recidivism. The Good Lives model is the future of sex offender treatment, and its concepts need to be incorporated into correctional programming. This book is an essential resource for clinicians, researchers, and policymakers. It would serve as a great text for courses on offender rehabilitation from a psychological or criminological perspective. Students would benefit from the excellent integration of research and theory into clinical practice, and would find the fresh perspective on rehabilitation to be eye opening." - Elizabeth L. Jeglic, Department of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA "Researchers and treatment specialists have long been waiting for a book on desistance from sexual offending. Laws and Ward's book is well worth the wait. From two of the most respected practitioner/researchers in the field, Desistance from Sex Offending is a paradigm changer in sex offender treatment and reintegration." - Shadd Maruna, Professor and Director, Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Queen's University Belfast, UK

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