The Child Sexual Abuse Offender: A Review of Current Research and Implications for Personnel Security
KeywordsSociology and Law
Personnel Management and Labor Relations
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AbstractAt the request of the Navy Board which is sometimes required to adjudicate cases of people requiring security clearances who have histories of committing child sexual abuse, a literature review was conducted on child sexual abuse offenders. This review, based on Finkelhor's Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse, covers the areas of offender profiles, treatment efficacy and recidivism rates. Theories of adult sexual interest in children are described according to Finkelhor's typology, but it is emphasized that adult sexual relationships with children are not explainable with single theories. The paucity of good research on offender recidivism and on efficacy of treatment is described. A bibliography is appended. Keywords: Sociology; Psychology; Morality; Law personnel security.