Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment [saj] PL251-227443 September 11, 2000 15:5 Style ﬁle version Nov. 19th, 1999
Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2001
This journal has historically served as a vehicle by which clinical and empir-
ical research on the topic of sexual abuse and sexual assault can be presented to a
professional audience. The scope of invited articles include theoretical, empirical,
and theoretically driven clinical articles. Although our knowledge of the etiologies
of sexual abusive behaviors has increased and advances have been made in the area
of risk assessment and treatment, there remain many areas and topics to be inves-
tigated. These areas include models to explain the various paths by which people
develop paraphilias or engage in sexually abusive behaviors; the impact such be-
haviors have on the paraphiliac’s family members, as well as on his/her victims.
Very little research has been conducted on systematically assessing paraphiliacs
and/or sexual abusers as to Axis I through V DSM-IV diagnostic categories.
Frequently a “one size ﬁts all” treatment approach has been taken with the
treatment of both adult and juveniles exhibiting sexual behavior problems, as op-
posed to individualizing treatment based upon the individual’s unique character-
istics or attempting to provide and evaluating different forms of treatment relative
to the individual’s classiﬁcation category.
In the area of juvenile sex offenders, research is sorely needed to develop
typologies, risk assessment instruments, and treatment outcome studies with long
Policy makers continue to pass legislation of a social control nature, in many
cases without input from social scientists, as to the potential value or harm of
such legislation. As professionals, we have an opportunity to conduct research to
evaluate the impact of such legislation and inform policy makers of such. As the
specialty of sex offender assessment and treatment continues to grow, there are
numerous ethical and forensic issues that we face. It is imperative that we keep
informed of the latest ethical and forensic issues relative to the professional work
As Editor-in-Chief, I wish to encourage ATSA members, as well as other
professionals, to continue to submit manuscripts that address theoretical and em-
pirical articles on the broad topic of sexual abuse. To address clinical issues, two
new sections will be added to the Journal.
2001 Plenum Publishing Corporation