Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 16, No. 4, October 2004 (
Guest Editors’ Introduction to the Special Issue
on Australasian Research on Sexual Abuse
and Lynne Eccleston
We were delighted when Howard Barbaree asked us to edit a special issue
on Australasian research for Sexual Abuse. A chance, we thought, to showcase
some of the exciting talent we have in this part of the world. However, once we
got down to the task of selecting the papers to include in the special issue, a
problem emerged. Rather than a lack of possible papers, there was simply too
much good work going on in Australia and New Zealand to include in one issue.
In the end we decided to pursue certain themes and to base the selection of work
on three domains: etiology, cognition, and what we have termed, human goods.
These themes seem to reﬂect much of the systematic or programmatic research
occurring in the two countries, and in this sense are fairly representative. However,
we apologize to the excellent researchers whose work was not selected and look
forward to seeing it included in the next special edition of Sexual Abuse!
Interestingly, an important trend that emerged from the papers was the
perception that therapists should apply more ﬂexible and ideographic approaches
to the treatment (and research into) of sexual offenders. From this perspective it
is important to regard sexual offenders as unique individuals with varying levels
of risk and needs rather than assuming the validity of a one size ﬁts all model.
We extend our thanks to the additional reviewers for the special issue: Grant
Devilly and Claire Stewart. Second, we thank Howard Barbaree, the editor of
Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, for allowingus to edit a
special issue on Australasian work. Howard is an extremely hard working and
Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.
University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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