Handbook of Child and Adolescent Sexuality book cover

Handbook of Child and Adolescent Sexuality

Developmental and Forensic Psychology

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.

Hardbound, 608 Pages

Published: February 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-387759-8


  • "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


  • Preface

    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


advert image