Strategic Behavior in Adolescent Sexual Offenses Against Children: Linking Modus Operandi to Sexual Behaviors

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Title Strategic Behavior in Adolescent Sexual Offenses Against Children: Linking Modus Operandi to Sexual Behaviors
Author Leclerc, Benoit; Tremblay, Pierre
Journal Name Sex Abuse
Year Published 2007
Place of publication United States
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Abstract In this paper, the modus operandi of 103 adolescents involved in sexual offenses against children (12 year old or less) is analyzed. Modus operandi strategies were measured by the participants' responses to the Modus Operandi Questionnaire. Findings indicate that the degree of intrusiveness of the sexual behaviors committed by the adolescents is contingent on the participation of their victims during the sexual episodes. Moreover, the more strategic adolescents may be more likely to secure compliance. This study shows the relevance of analyzing adolescent modus operandi as purposeful behavior and discusses some implications of the findings for crime-commission or offending process models.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/107906320701900104
Volume 19
Issue Number 1
Page from 23
Page to 41
ISSN 1079-0632
Date Accessioned 2009-08-11
Date Available 2009-12-05T05:15:40Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject Criminology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/27088
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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