This book contains new biosocial theory and data as well as comprehensive reviews of the basic science and clinical literature on adult human sexual attraction to and behavior with children and adolescents. Whereas there is a large literature on the biosocial bases of human "sexual orientation," this book is the first, comprehensive biosocial examination of human erotic "age orientation". Leading researchers from the natural and social sciences show how a cross-cultural, cross-species, and cross-historical approach gives new insights into the biosocial roots of human pedophilia in contemporary industrialized societies. The volume is organized around ethologist Niko Tinbergen's four recommended dimensions by which a behavior should be understood: evolution, cause, function, and development. Using these four dimensions, pedophilia is examined at the level of the molecule, tissue, individual, family, social group, and society. This multi-level synthesis points to new evolutionary, psychological, and behavioral-physiological mechanisms by which this heretofore academically neglected aspect of human sexuality could have evolved. The material in the book is much broader than but very applicable to the topic of child sexual abuse. Pedophilia: Biosocial Dimensions should be of interest to all clinicians who work with adults, children, or adolescents who have been involved in pedophilia. Developmentalists, educators, sexologists, natural and social scientists, jurists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, clergy, correctional workers, physicians, and others will find material of interest in this book.
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Contents: Introduction.- Background.- Evolution.- Cause.- Function.- Development.- Conclusion.- Author Index.- Subject Index.
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Descrizione libro Springer, 1990. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 1. This item is printed on demand. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0387972439
Descrizione libro Springer, 1990. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0387972439