By David S. Prescott, LICSW
Available from NEARI
ISBN: 1-929657-27-7, 6 x 9, 98 pgs
From the Introduction:
It is difficult to underestimate the importance of high-quality
assessment of youth who have sexually abused. Assessments can guide
decisions that affect the development of young people, as well as
family growth and community safety. Good assessments can help us
to devise treatment strategies and make appropriate placement decisions.
However, there is little written about this crucial topic. This
primer discusses many areas where practitioners can enhance their
assessment skills, including:
Defining the assessment, including clarifying the referral question.
Implications of recent research.
Factors to consider.
"Over the last ten years, adolescents with sexually aggressive
behaviors have been easily misunderstood by professionals. David's
approach to risk assessment goes a long way to make up for this,
reflecting the latest research and his decades of experience with
this population. He strikes the delicate balance between community
safety and the healthy development of adolescents. By following this
approach, those who work in this field can avoid many erroneous assumptions
about this population."
— Cody Wood, Idaho Department of Juvenile
Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Brigham Young University, Idaho
“David Prescott’s efforts to demystify assessment
of youthful sexual abuse, and provide a solid foundation for so doing,
are a tremendous asset to our field. This primer is a concise overview
of critical information that can help a broad range of professionals
in their efforts to prevent youth violence and sexual harm.”
— Joann Schladale, Resources for Resolving