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ERIC Number: EJ843734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-1053-8712
Characteristics of Youth Who Sexually Offend: Theoretical Issues
Righthand, Sue; Welch, Carlann
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, v13 n3-4 p15-32 2004
Sexual abuse by juveniles is widely recognized as a significant problem. As communities have become more aware of juvenile sex offending they have responded with increasingly severe responses. This is despite recidivism data suggesting that a relatively small group of juveniles commit repeat sexual offenses after there has been an official response to their sexual offending. Research has shown that juveniles who commit sexual offenses are a heterogeneous mix, varying according to a wide range of variables. This article provides an overview of the characteristics of youths who have committed sex offenses. Factors that will be discussed include types of offending behaviors, family environment, histories of child maltreatment, social skills and interpersonal relationships, sexual knowledge and experiences, academic and cognitive functioning, and mental health. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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