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Description - The Internal World of the Juvenile Sex Offender by Timothy Keogh

The book argues the case for the usefulness of an empirically based understanding of the internal world of juvenile sex offenders as a way of humanely relating to their difficulties. It details the extent and nature of juvenile sex offending and its impact on victims and provides an extensive psychoanalytically oriented description of this offender group. The background of these offenders is examined, focusing on their experience of abuse, especially sexual abuse. Attention is paid to the unique characteristics of these offenders, particularly their attachment difficulties. The value of attachment theory and the concepts of psychopathy and malignant narcissism are then explored as a means of viewing their internal world. This internal world is also viewed through an empirical lens, which reveals them to have impaired psychic representations of human relationship, different needs for relationship and, in the most psychopathic group, an obfuscation of that need. The implications of these findings are then considered and the application of these understandings of their internal world is then explored.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781855758629
ISBN-10: 1855758628
Format: Paperback / softback
(230mm x 147mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Karnac Books
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Dec-2012
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Timothy Keogh

Timothy Keogh currently works full time as a psychoanalyst and forensic and clinical psychologist in private practice in Sydney, Australia. He is a research fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Society and associate faculty member of the Centre for Behavioral Sciences in Medicine at the University of Sydney. Dr. Keogh was formerly statewide Director of Inmate Services and Programs with the New South Wales Department of Corrective Services (Australia). Prior to this he held the post of Director of the Collaborative Research Unit within the New South Wales Department of Juvenile Justice, where he was also Director of Psychological Services. He has published and co-authored numerous journal articles, monographs and chapters on juvenile offending, sex offending, adolescent mental health and psychotherapy. He is currently President of the Couples and Family Psychotherapy Association of Australasia and National Convener of the Australasian Psychological Society, a Psychoanalytically-Oriented Psychologist Interest Group.

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