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Adolescent Sexual Behavior in the Digital Age

Considerations for Clinicians, Legal Professionals and Educators

Fabian Saleh (Editor), Albert Grudzinskas (Editor), Abigail Judge (Editor)


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The nexus between the digital revolution and adolescent sexual behavior has posed significant challenges to mental health practitioners, attorneys, and educators. These digital technologies may facilitate dangerous behaviors and serious consequences for some youth. Adolescent Sexual Development in the Digital Age considers adolescent sexual behavior in both clinical and legal contexts and provides a basis for clinicians, legal professionals, educators, policy makers, parents and the general public to understand the impact that technology has on human growth and development. The book's contributing authors are leading authorities in adolescent development, law, and ethics, fostering an interdisciplinary dialogue within the text.

New technology poses many opportunities for both normal and risky sexual behavior in youth; including "sexting," social networking, cyber-sexual harassment, commercial exploitation of children, and child pornography. Beyond just cataloging the various technologies impacting sexual behavior, this volume offers guidance and strategies for addressing the issues created by the digital age.

Oxford University Press, USA, 9780199945597, 371pp.

Publication Date: May 26, 2014

About the Author

Dr. Fabian M. Saleh is a medical doctor who specializes in forensic and child & adolescent psychiatry. He is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the director of the Sexual Violence Prevention & Risk Management Program (SVP&RMP) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. His forensic practice focuses on criminal and civil cases, including but not limited to, civil commitment, sexual dangerousness, and risk assessment and risk management. Albert J. Grudzinskas, Jr., J.D. received his undergraduate degree at Northeastern University and his law degree at Syracuse University. After 12 years of private legal practice Attorney Grudzinskas served as Assistant General Counsel to the Department of Mental Health of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for eight years. Currently Attorney Grudzinskas is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Coordinator of Legal Studies in the Law and Psychiatry Program. Attorney Grudzinskas consults widely to state governments and court systems. He has lectured on and authored more than 60 book chapters, peer reviewed articles, law review articles, and papers. Abigail Judge, Ph.D. is a clinical and child forensic psychologist in private practice in Cambridge, MA and an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Judge specializes in psychotherapy with adolescent girls and young adults as well as child and family forensic evaluation. Her scholarship examines the intersection of adolescent sexual development and technology, and also the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the United States. Visit Dr. Judge online at