Handbook of Child and Adolescent Sexuality

Handbook of Child and Adolescent Sexuality, 1st Edition

Developmental and Forensic Psychology

Handbook of Child and Adolescent Sexuality, 1st Edition,Daniel Bromberg,William T. O'Donohue,ISBN9780123877598

Bromberg   &   O'Donohue   

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A comprehensive overview of research regarding sexual development and behavior in children and adolescents, including normative development/behavior, clinically abnormal development and behavior, and forensic issues relating to sexual behavior in minors.

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Key Features

  • Encompasses normative behavior and clinical disorders in one source
  • Applies the information on development and behavior to forensic issues
  • Provides treatment information on sexual disorders in children
  • Provides information on children and adolescents in one volume


Adolescent and child sexuality is studied by developmental psychologists from a research perspective and is of interest to forensic psychologists dealing with abuse and custody issues as well as rape cases. In many cases, it is of interest whether the child in question was sexually active to understand the extent to which an underage minor might have voluntarily participated in sexual activity as opposed to having been coerced. Previously, researchers interested in the applications of their research needed to look to separate books, and forensic specialists needed to look to development books to find the information they may have needed. This handbook provides both audiences with the related information they need.


Researchers in developmental and social psychology and clinical psychologists specializing in child sexual disorders.

Daniel Bromberg

Daniel Bromberg, Ph.D., ABPP, is the Director of Special Psychological Services, LLC. He is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey and New York State. He is board certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Bromberg’s primary interest is in assessing and providing evidence-based treatment to individuals displaying sexual behavioral problems. He works with children displaying sexual behavioral problems, adolescent sex offenders, and adult offenders, some of whom are supervised by the Sex Offender Management Unit of the New Jersey State Parole Board. In addition, he provides a range of assessment and treatment services regarding child maltreatment. Before launching Special Psychological Services, LLC, Dr. Bromberg’s employment experience included working as a psychologist in a juvenile secure care facility, working as a staff psychologist at a regional diagnostic and treatment center for child abuse and neglect, and working as a school psychologist with children and adolescents displaying severe behavioral problems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Special Psychological Services, Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA

William T. O'Donohue

William O’Donohue, Ph.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada Reno. He has published over 70 books and 200 journal articles. He has directed a free treatment program for twenty years for children who have been sexually abused and adults who have been sexually assaulted.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA

Handbook of Child and Adolescent Sexuality, 1st Edition


Part I - Ethical Issues Pertaining to the Sexuality of Minors

Chapter 1 - Choosing for Children

Michael Lavin

Part II - Research Strategies: How Do We "Know" What We "Know?"

Chapter 2 - Research Methods: Current Strategies, Obstacles to Research, and Future Directions

Daniel S. Bromberg and William T. O’Donohue

Chapter 3 - Research Syntheses Related to Childhood and Adolescent Sexuality: A Critical Review

Tania B. Huedo-Medina, Estrellita Ballester, and Blair T. Johnson

Chapter 4 - Applications of Small-n Research Design in Child and Adolescent Sexuality

Gregory S. Snyder and Stacy Shaw

Part III - Child and Adolescent Development

Chapter 5 - Sexual Development

Kate Mills Drury and William M. Bukowski

Chapter 6 - Sexual Behavior of Prepubertal Children

Christopher Campbell, Ashwini Mallappa, Amy B. Wisniewski, and Jane F. Silovsky

Chapter 7 - Sexual Development in Adolescents

J. Dennis Fortenberry

Chapter 8 - Sexual Development in Girls: "Normative" Development and Development of Paraphilias and Sexual Offending Behaviors

Lucia F. O’Sullivan and Scott T. Ronis

Chapter 9 - The Sexual Health of Adolescents: When, Where, and Why Adolescents Use Contraceptives

Lori A.J. Scott-Sheldon and Blair T. Johnson

Chapter 10 - Influence of Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use on Sexual Behavior

Michael Windle, Jessica M. Sales, and Rebecca C. Windle

Chapter 11 - Sexual-Minority, Gender-Nonconforming, Transgender Youths

Lisa M. Diamond

Part IV - Children and Adolescents as Sexual Abuse Victims

Chapter 12 - Epidemiology of Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse

Samantha L. Friedenberg, David J. Hansen, and Mary Fran Flood

Chapter 13 - Child Sexual Abuse and Adolescent Sexuality

Christine Wekerle, Terry Bennett, and Karen Francis

Chapter 14 - Memory and Complications to the Interviewing of Suspected Child and Adolescent Victims

Matthew Fanetti, Rachel Fondren-Happel, and William T. O’Donohue

Chapter 15 - Treating Children and Adolescents in the Aftermath of Sexual Abuse

Elisabeth Pollio, Alissa Glickman, Leah Behl, and Esther Deblinger

Chapter 16 - Medical Assessment and Treatment of Suspected Child and Adolescent Victims

Reena Isaac and Angelo P. Giardino

Chapter 17 - Teaching Sexual Abuse Prevention Skills to Children

Raymond G. Miltenberger and Laura Hanratty

Chapter 18 - Adolescence and Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Prostituted Girls in the U.S.

Linda M. Williams

Chapter 19 - Legal Responses to Adolescent Victims of Sexual Violence

Roger J.R. Levesque

Part V - Children with Sexual Behavior Problems and Adolescent Sexual Offenders

Chapter 20 - Children with Sexual Behavior Problems

Jane F. Silovsky, Lisa M. Swisher, Jimmy Widdifield, Jr., and Vicky L. Turner

Chapter 21 - Adolescents Adjudicated for Sexual Offenses

Amanda M. Fanniff and Judith V. Becker

Chapter 22 - Legal Responses to Adolescents’ Sexual Offending

Roger J.R. Levesque

Quotes and reviews

"...provides solid data on the range of sexual tendencies and thus allows for the understanding of normative and non-normative juvenile sexuality…substantially aid the therapist in the trenches of clinical work with adolescents and children."--New Jersey Psychologist

"...provides solid data on the range of sexual tendencies and thus allows for the understanding of normative and non-normative juvenile sexuality…"- New Jersey Psychologist

"This book covers child and adolescent sexuality from a developmental perspective, while considering normal development and paraphilias and exploring child abuse victims and adolescent offenders…The book is fairly easy to read and covers the topic well, addressing ethical issues, research strategies, developmental information, treatment recommendations, and public policy. It will be useful to a wide range of medical, mental health, and legal professionals." Rating: 4 Stars--Doody.com, January 24, 2014
"Editors Bromberg and O'Donohue present this reference on the sensitive topic of sexuality in non-adult populations. The book is divided into five general headings of professional ethics, research strategies, sexuality across development, sexual victimization, and sexual behavior problems, with the sections on development and victimization being largest…The book is intended for a broad audience, from researchers and mental health professionals to legal experts."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013

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