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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(10), 688–689. Review of “Sexual Deviance: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment” (see record 1997-36414-000). Beginning in the mid-1970s, the paraphilia and sex offender assessment and treatment field was transformed from a hodgepodge of anecdotally supported assessment and treatment methods to an increasingly coherent, data-based specialty. Over the past 20 years, assessment and treatment have grown in complexity, sophistication, and empirical grounding. Physiologic assessment using phallometry has provided an alternative to the clinical interview, and treatment approaches have gradually converged on a relapse-prevention and cognitive behavioral model. Theories of sex offending have become more complex, well articulated, and comprehensive. Witt believes the interested reader can find all of these developments and more reviewed in this text. Witt summarizes the chapters in this edited text and discusses its strengths and weaknesses. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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