8. Sexual Offenses against Children

  1. Peter Sturmey3 and
  2. Mary McMurran4
  1. James Vess1 and
  2. Tony Ward2

Published Online: 24 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119977018.ch8

Forensic Case Formulation

Forensic Case Formulation

How to Cite

Vess, J. and Ward, T. (2011) Sexual Offenses against Children, in Forensic Case Formulation (eds P. Sturmey and M. McMurran), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119977018.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Queens College and City University, New York, USA

  2. 4

    Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Deakin University, Australia

  2. 2

    Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 2 SEP 2011

Book Series:

Book Series Editors:

  1. Clive R. Hollin5 and
  2. Mary McMurran4

Series Editor Information

  1. 4

    Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK

  2. 5

    School of Psychology, University of Leicester, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683958

Online ISBN: 9781119977018



  • sexual offending - sexual offenses against children;
  • assessment, systematic collection of information - detecting clinical phenomena;
  • psychological assessment and case formulation - in rehabilitation and risk management;
  • risk assessment, with sex offenders - identifying best measures and methods;
  • dynamic risk factors - stable and acute dynamic risk factors, highly transient;
  • combining measures, and dynamic risk factors - structured measures, as the STABLE-2007;
  • case formulation (CF) and risk assessment - psychological assessment, their nature, etiology and implications;
  • assessment for CF - developmental history, and current functioning in domains;
  • formulation process, a forensic CF – as in Mr Doe's case;
  • case formulation approach, risk heavily contingent - on postrelease environment - etiological framework, understanding processes resulting in sexual offense


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Risk Assessment with Sex Offenders

  • A Clinical Example: The Case of John Doe

  • Assessments

  • Assessment for Case Formulation

  • Summary and Conclusions

  • References