Chapter 1. Characteristics of Sexual Offenders

  1. Leam A. Craig PhD, MSc, BA (Hons), CSci, AFBPsS, EuroPsy, C.Psychol (Forensic) Consultant honorary member research staff1,2,
  2. Kevin D. Browne PhD, MSc, MEd, BSc, C.Biol, C.Psychol (Forensic) Chartered Biologist Chartered Psychologist Chair Head Executive Councillor consultant3,4 and
  3. Anthony R. Beech D.Phil, BSc, FBPsS, C.Psychol (Forensic) Professor Director principal researcher2

Published Online: 28 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470773208.ch1

Assessing Risk in Sex Offenders: A Practitioner's Guide

Assessing Risk in Sex Offenders: A Practitioner's Guide

How to Cite

Craig, L. A., Browne, K. D. and Beech, A. R. (2008) Characteristics of Sexual Offenders, in Assessing Risk in Sex Offenders: A Practitioner's Guide, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470773208.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    Forensic Psychology Practice Ltd, The Willows Clinic, Birmingham, UK

  2. 2

    Centre for Forensic and Family Psychology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

  3. 3

    School of Psychology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

  4. 4

    World Health Organisation, Denmark

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 APR 2008
  2. Published Print: 21 MAR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470018972

Online ISBN: 9780470773208



  • female sex offenders;
  • narcissistic exhibitionist and sadistic exhibitionist;
  • history of mental health problems;
  • sex offender treatment programmes;
  • Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour Units;
  • illegal child pornography;
  • sexual fantasies and behaviours;
  • deviant sexual interest;
  • child sexual abuse;
  • sexology patients


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Exhibitionists

  • Internet Offenders and the Use of Pornography

  • Rapists

  • Child Molesters

  • Understanding Sex Offenders

  • Treatment Programmes

  • Conclusions