21 Crim. Just. & Behavior 5 (1994)

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EDITOR'S PREFACE



S pecial issues of scholarly journals serve several purposes simul-
     taneously. They offer state-of-the-art summaries of important
areas; they focus a spotlight on previously overlooked topics; they
highlight cutting edge developments; they provide integration and/or
controversy by juxtaposing several related articles; and, one hopes,
they spur further research, conceptualization, and application. (They
also provide some welcomed breathing space for the anxious journal
editor, ever fearful of a dearth of acceptable manuscripts through the
regular submission process.)
   The assessment and treatment of sex offenders was a logical and
obvious choice for the first special issue commissioned by the present
editor. The subject matter is clearly of vital concern and interest to
correctional personnel, researchers, and the general public alike, and
one where myth and misconception often hold sway. Fortunately, as
demonstrated by the articles that follow, it is also an area where
exciting and promising developments are occurring.
   Robert Prentky, known for his and Raymond Knight's seminal work
on the classification of sex offenders, has assembled a veritable
Who's Who of scholars in the field. Here, these researchers and
theorists present their latest conceptualizations and their most recent
data. In format, the articles range from narrative reviews and critiques
to meta-analyses to program descriptions to empirical studies. In
content, they address a broad range of crucial aspects of the assessment
and treatment process, offering innovative assessment instruments
and strategies and encouraging treatment approaches and provocative
thought on the psychological processes leading to sexual offending.
   To Robert Prentky and the contributing authors I am grateful for a
most solid and stimulating special issue. As you read these articles, I
trust you will share my appreciation and enthusiasm.

                                      -David S. Glenwick, Editor
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR, Vol. 21 No. 1, March 1994 5
 1994 American Association for Correctional Psychology
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