This Study Guide presents and critically analyzes the very latest information, knowledge and ideas about practice for mental health professionals and others who are involved in assessing child molesters. Prepared by leading experts in the field, the Guide outlines the issues involved and points to the relevant literature. While not a 'how-to-do-it' manual, it can be used as a high level introduction to the actual assessment of child molesters in conjunction with more detailed descriptions of assessment methods. The specific learning objectives of the Guide are for readers to learn: what characteristics do and do not differentiate child molesters from other people; what situational factors are related to molestation, which instruments are used in the assessment of child molesters, how assessment information is used to appraise risk and guide treatment, and all of the elements of a useful assessment report. The book contains black-and-white illustrations.