Defining our field I

Defining our field I Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 9, No. 4, 1997 Editorial As this volume draws to a close, it is instructive to examine the terms we use to define and subdefine the sexual offender. If this volume served as our only dictionary, we might as well each speak in idiosyncratic dialects. Table I presents those terms applied to the sexual offender just within the present volume; it would double in size if all prior volumes were included! But our journals are hardly dictionaries -- often these terms have gone un- defined. The complexities and quirks of human behavior should not force us to shrink from attempting to define our terms. Table II represents one at- tempt, informed in the main by manuscript review, clinical and research experience, and approximations to common sense. A biaxial approach ac- commodates the need, for insurance and legal purposes, to retain DSM-IV terminology, not listed in the table. For research and clinical purposes, how- ever, a different nomenclature makes sense, given the state of the literature today. For example, precedent exists for using different criteria in defini- tions other than the standard diagnostic nomenclature: The Research and Diagnostic Criteria for the Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment Springer Journals

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