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

List of Contributors



Part One: Ethical Issues Pertaining to the Sexuality of Minors

Chapter 1. Choosing for Children

The Rudiments of Consent

Hot Button Case

The Good, the Bad, and Best Interests

Moral Disagreement

Large Issues


Part Two: Research Strategies: How Do We “Know” What We “Know?”

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

Why the Dearth of Research on Child and Adolescent Sexuality?

Strengths and Shortcomings of Research Strategies Employed

Research Strategies Utilized in Investigating Domains of Childhood Behavior other than Childhood Sexual Behavior

Directions for Future Research

Significant Dilemmas Impeding Advancement of Knowledge in the Field


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


Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis: Evidence-Based Resources

Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Procedures

Survey of Systematic Reviews of Child and Adolescent Sexuality



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



Withdrawal and Reversal Designs (AB, ABAB)

Multiple-Baseline Designs




Part Three: Child and Adolescent Development

Chapter 5. Sexual Development


Learning Bases

Social Bases

Conclusion: Healthy Sexual Development



Chapter 6. Sexual Behavior of Prepubertal Children


Defining Prepubertal

Theories of why Puberty is Occurring at Earlier Ages

Sexual Behavior in Prepubertal Children

Sexual Behavior in Children with Early Pubertal Development

Prepubertal Children and Gender Identity Disorder



Further Reading

Chapter 7. Sexual Development in Adolescents

The Conceptual Organization of Adolescent Sexuality Development

Sexual Socialization

Sexual Selfhood

Sexual Repertoire



Chapter 8. Sexual Development in Girls: “Normative” Development and Development of Paraphilias and Sexual Offending Behaviors


Understanding “Normative” Sexual Development

Paraphilias and Sexual Offending in Girls



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

Overview of Adolescent Sexual Behavior and Consequences of Unprotected Sex


Predictors of Contraceptive Use and Non-Use

Promoting Contraceptive Use



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

Descriptive Epidemiology

Alcohol, Drugs, Interpersonal Violence, and Sexual Behaviors

Theories and Common Mechanisms of Influence Among Alcohol, Drugs, and Sexual Behaviors

Selective Findings from Prevention and Intervention Studies

Conclusions and Future Directions



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

First Things First: Defining the Population

Same-Sex Attractions: Not always early and Exclusive

Mental Health of Sexual-Minority Youths

Gender-Nonconforming Youths

Transgender Youth

Exposure to Stigmatization



Part Four: Children and Adolescents as Sexual Abuse Victims

Chapter 12. Epidemiology of Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse

Defining Child Sexual Abuse

Incidence and Prevalence of Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse

Victim and Abuse Characteristics

Disclosure and Allegations of child sexual Abuse

Outcomes of Child Sexual Abuse



Chapter 13. Child Sexual Abuse and Adolescent Sexuality

Child Sexual Abuse Statistics

Professional Responsibilities in CSA

Sexual Behavior Problems

Juvenile Sex Offending

Juvenile Sex Offending—the Role of CSA



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


General Memory Issues

General Trends in Child Memory

Evaluating Interviews for Potential Bias

Child Advocacy Centers

How CACs Interview

Other Training


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


Review of Evidence-Based Treatments for Child Sexual Abuse

Review of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Research

Description of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

A Case Study of TF-CBT for Child Sexual Abuse with Sexually Reactive Behaviors



Chapter 16. Medical Assessment and Treatment of Suspected Child and Adolescent Victims of Sexual Abuse


Overview and Approach to the Medical Evaluation

Timing of Physical Examination

Preparation of the Child for Examination



Multidisciplinary Teams


Chapter 17. Teaching Sexual Abuse Prevention Skills to Children

Sexual Abuse Prevention Skills

Assessment of Safety Skills

Training Approaches


Chapter 18. Adolescence and Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Prostituted Girls in the US


Social Context of Commercial Sex and Adolescence

How Youth Get Involved in CSE

Research on Common Features of Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Community Response


Chapter 19. Legal Responses to Adolescent Victims of Sexual Violence

Dominant Legal Responses to the Sexual Victimization of Adolescents: Their Processes and Inherent Limitations

The Victim’s Rights Movement



Part Five: Children with Sexual Behavior Problems and Adolescent Sexual Offenders

Chapter 20. Children with Sexual Behavior Problems



Differentiating Typical Sexual Development from Problematic Sexual Behavior

Prevalence, Origins, and Conceptualization of Problematic Sexual Behavior

Clinical Assessment

Treatment Planning

Systems Barriers and Supports

Summary and Conclusions


Chapter 21. Adolescents Adjudicated for Sexual Offenses

Characteristics of Adolescent Males Adjudicated for Sexual Offenses

Assessment of Adolescents Adjudicated for Sexual Offenses

Treatment for Adolescents Adjudicated for Sexual Offenses



Chapter 22. Legal Responses to Adolescents’ Sexual Offending


Juvenile Justice System Responses

Criminal Justice Responses

Furthering Legal Reforms




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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