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Attachment and Sexual Offending


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Chapter 1: The Relationship of Attachment to Juvenile Sexual Offending.

Chapter 2: The Foundations of Attachment: Attunement and Human Connection.

Chapter 3: The Formation of Attachment and the Emergence of Self.

Chapter 4: The Secure Self: Attachment, Self, and the Internalized World.

Chapter 5: An Attachment Framework.

Chapter 6: Patterns of Attachment.

Chapter 7: The Assessment and Classification of Attachment.

Chapter 8: Measuring Attachment.

Chapter 9: Disordered Attachment or Attachment Disorder?

Chapter 10: Applying the Attachment Framework: An Attachment-driven Case Study.

Chapter 11: Presumed Links: An Attachment-driven Pathway to Sexual Abuse.

Chapter 12: The Evidence for Attachment-driven Sexual Offenses.

Chapter 13: Antisocial Pathways.

Chapter 14: Essential Elements: Empathy, Morality, and Social Connection.

Chapter 15: The Neural Self: The Neurobiology of Attachment.

Chapter 16: Understanding Attachment-informed Treatment.

Chapter 17: The Attachment-informed Treatment Environment.

Chapter 18: Implications for Treatment.

Chapter 19: Conclusions: Getting Connected.



About the Author

Phil Rich, EdD, MSW, LICSW is the Clinical Director of Stetson School, a residential treatment program for juvenile sexual offenders and sexually reactive children in Barre, Massachusetts. He received his MSW in 1979 and his doctorate in applied behavioral and group studies in 1992, and has practiced as a clinical social worker for over 25 years. He has served as the program director of five residential and day treatment programs, and has worked extensively with troubled adolescents and adults in residential, inpatient, day treatment, and outpatient settings. He has 12 published books, including Understanding Juvenile Sexual Offenders: Assessment, Treatment, and Rehabilitation, published by John Wiley & Sons.


"...significant contribution..." ( The Psychologist, July 2006)

a detailed account of attachment theory and research, at the same time exploring possible links to sexually abusive behaviour. (The Howard Journal, Vol.42, No.2, May 2007)

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