Developmental Perspectives in Understanding Problematic Sexual Behaviors Among Children and Adolescents with Robert Kinscherff
April 16, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Children and adolescents develop in dramatically different ways and a developmental context is essential to understanding problematic sexual behaviors among children and adolescents. The lenses of normative development and developmental psychopathology are essential to understanding the meaning and function of problematic or abusive sexual behavior. In turn, understanding the developmentally-informed functions and purposes of problematic sexual behaviors allows for individualized case formulation to guide further assessment, risk management, and establishing the foundations for building treatment relationships and implementing. A developmentally-informed case formulation can take into account that the same normative or problematic behaviors may have different meanings or functions among individuals, and that those meanings and functions may shift over time or context. Case illustrations include youth with Asperger’’s syndrome, intellectual disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities.
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A Developmental Perspective on the Meaning of Problematic Sexual Behavior in Children and Adolescents