Modus operandi and situational aspects in adolescent sexual offenses against children: A further examination

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Title Modus operandi and situational aspects in adolescent sexual offenses against children: A further examination
Author Leclerc, Benoit; Beauregard, Eric; Proulx, Jean
Journal Name International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Year Published 2008
Place of publication USA
Publisher Sage
Abstract The relationship between situational factors and the modus operandi of 103 adolescents involved in sexual offenses against children (12 years old or younger) is analyzed. Situational factors taken into account in this study are the location of the crime, the offender—victim relationship, and the presence of deviant sexual fantasies involving the victim prior to the offense. Modus operandi strategies were measured on the basis of participants' responses to Kaufman's Modus Operandi Questionnaire. Results indicate that modus operandi strategies are influenced by situational factors and that the offender's home, when no one else is home, is likely to be the place and the situation for adolescent offenders to adopt manipulative strategies. Suggestions are made regarding future modus operandi studies.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://ijo.sagepub.com
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0306624X07300271
Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 SAGE Publications. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 52
Issue Number 1
Page from 46
Page to 61
ISSN 0306-624X
Date Accessioned 2009-03-12
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/22946
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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