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The Perversion of Youth


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Acknowledgments 1 The Birth of a Moral Panic 2 The Return of the Blob: The Heterogeneity of Juvenile Sex Offenders 3 Test Authors in Search of a Clinical Population: Risk Assessment Instruments for Juvenile Sex Offenders 4 The Adolescent as Sexual Deviant: The Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders 5 Creating the Objects of Our Concern: Normal Childhood Sexuality and the Invention of Childhood Sexual Behavior Problems 6 Becoming a Man: The Waiver of the Juvenile Sex Offender to Adult Court 7 Making Monsters: The Civil Commitment of Juvenile Sex Offenders 8 Collateral Consequences: The Invisible Punishment of the Juvenile Sex Offender Epilogue References Index About the Author

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A critique of current US treatment of juvenile sex offenders

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Frank C. DiCataldo is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Roger Williams University. He has been a practicing forensic psychologist for twenty years in Massachusetts and has worked in adult corrections and juvenile justice settings.


"In a masterful and wonderfully readable blend of science, cases, legal analysis and clinical insight, DiCataldo shows us that the problem is not 'them,' but rather our own unsupportable images and presumptions about who 'they' are. If policy makers, clinicians and researchers read this book with an open mind, it could bring long-overdue change to our nation's responses to youth whose sexual behavior sometimes troubles us." Thomas Grisso, Director, Law and Psychiatry Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School

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