The Reason for this Volume If we were to judge the seriousness of a psychosocial problem by the attention that the popular media give to it, we would have to conclude that the modem world is in the midst of an epidemic of pedophilic child sexual abuse. One can scarcely go more than a few weeks in any large metropolitan area without reading about one of the community's upstanding citizens discovered to have been sexually involved with children or adolescents. The attention that the popular media give this topic is paralleled by the attention that it receives in the social sciences, where literally dozens of books and more than a thousand articles have been published on it in the past few years. In fact, "child sexual abuse," along with "co-dependency" and "dysfunctional family," have become the avant-garde psychological cliches of the decade. However, most of the lay and professional literature, although voluminous, reflect a narrow anthropo-, ethno-, and chronocentrism that precludes any real understanding of the topic with anything more than the preconceptions of our times.
Background.- 1 A Biosocial Overview of Adult Human Sexual Behavior with Children and Adolescents.- 2 History in Adult Human Sexual Behavior with Children and Adolescents in Western Societies.- 3 Sociopolitical Biases in the Contemporary Scientific Literature on Adult Human Sexual Behavior with Children and Adolescents.- Evolution.- 4 The Phylogeny of Male/Female Differences in Sexual Behavior.- 5 Dominance, Submission, and Love: Sexual Pathologies from the Perspective of Ethology.- 6 Adolescent/Adult Copulatory Behavior in Nonhuman Primates.- 7 Mechanisms of Inbreeding Avoidance in Nonhuman Primates.- Cause.- 8 The Modification of Sexual Behavior Through Imprinting: A Rodent Model.- 9 The Modification of Sexual Behavior Through Conditioning: An Avian Model.- 10 Hormones and Neuroendocrine Factors in Atypical Human Sexual Behavior.- 11 Adult-Male/Juvenile Association as a Species-Characteristic Human Trait: A Comparative Field Approach.- Function.- 12 The Concept of Function in the Behavioral Sciences with Specific Reference to Pedophilia and Pedosexual Behavior: A Biophilosophical Perspective.- 13 The Functions of Primate Paternalism: A Cross-Species Review.- 14 Sociosexual Behavior Used for Tension Regulation in All Age and Sex Combinations Among Bonobos.- 15 Ritualized Adult-Male/Adolescent-Male Sexual Behavior in Melanesia: An Anthropological and Ethological Perspective.- 16 Selected Cross-Generational Sexual Behavior in Traditional Hawai'i: A Sexological Ethnography.- Development.- 17 Pedophilia: A Specific Instance of New Phylism Theory as Applied to Paraphilic Lovemaps.- 18 Pedophilia: An Autobiography.- 19 The Abused/Abuser Hypothesis of Child Sexual Abuse: A Critical Review of Theory and Research.- 20 Sexual Development at the Neurohormonal Level: The Role of Androgens.- 21 The Complexity of the Concept of Behavioral Development: A Summary.- Conclusion.- 22 Human Erotic Age Orientation: A Conclusion.- Author Index.
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