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Pedophilia: Biosocial Dimensions

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ISBN 10: 1461396840 / ISBN 13: 9781461396840
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594 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.1in. x 1.2in.This book contains new biosocial theory and data as well as comprehensive reviews of the basic science and clinical literature on adult human sexual attraction to and behavior with children and adolescents. Whereas there is a large literature on the biosocial bases of human sexual orientation, this book is the first, comprehensive biosocial examination of human erotic age orientation. Leading researchers from the natural and social sciences show how a cross-cultural, cross-species, and cross-historical approach gives new insights into the biosocial roots of human pedophilia in contemporary industrialized societies. The volume is organized around ethologist Niko Tinbergens four recommended dimensions by which a behavior should be understood: evolution, cause, function, and development. Using these four dimensions, pedophilia is examined at the level of the molecule, tissue, individual, family, social group, and society. This multi-level synthesis points to new evolutionary, psychological, and behavioral-physiological mechanisms by which this heretofore academically neglected aspect of human sexuality could have evolved. The material in the book is much broader than but very applicable to the topic of child sexual abuse. Pedophilia: Biosocial Dimensions should be of interest to all clinicians who work with adults, children, or adolescents who have been involved in pedophilia. Developmentalists, educators, sexologists, natural and social scientists, jurists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, clergy, correctional workers, physicians, and others will find material of interest in this book. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781461396840

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Title: Pedophilia: Biosocial Dimensions

Publisher: Springer

Binding: Paperback

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The Reason for this Volume If we were to judge the seriousness of a psychosocial problem by the attention that the popular media give to it, we would have to conclude that the modem world is in the midst of an epidemic of pedophilic child sexual abuse. One can scarcely go more than a few weeks in any large metropolitan area without reading about one of the community's upstanding citizens discovered to have been sexually involved with children or adolescents. The attention that the popular media give this topic is paralleled by the attention that it receives in the social sciences, where literally dozens of books and more than a thousand articles have been published on it in the past few years. In fact, "child sexual abuse," along with "co-dependency" and "dysfunctional family," have become the avant-garde psychological cliches of the decade. However, most of the lay and professional literature, although voluminous, reflect a narrow anthropo-, ethno-, and chronocentrism that precludes any real understanding of the topic with anything more than the preconceptions of our times.

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