Developmental, individual and family characteristics of specialist, versatile, and short-duration adolescent sex offenders

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Title Developmental, individual and family characteristics of specialist, versatile, and short-duration adolescent sex offenders
Author Nisbet, Ian; Smallbone, Stephen Walkley; Wortley, Richard Keith
Journal Name Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher ANZATSA
Abstract This article reports on developmental, individual and family characteristics of 108 adjudicated adolescent sexual offenders who had been referred to a specialised assessment and treatment service. A Principal Components Analysis of measures of developmental characteristics (abuse histories, conduct problems), individual characteristics (callous unemotional traits; externalising and internalising behaviours), and family functioning (parental involvement; parental supervision; positive parenting practices; inconsistent discipline and corporal punishment) yielded three main components. These components were designated Negative Environment, Positive Environment and Transgression. Three subgroups were identified on the basis of their criminal histories: specialist offenders (n = 47); versatile offenders (n = 33), and short-duration offenders (n = 28). MANCOVA revealed a significant multivariate main effect for offender subtype. A significant univariate effect was found for Transgression. Results suggest that offence specialisation and versatility among adolescent sexual offenders may arise from somewhat different developmental pathways.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.anzatsa.org/
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Sexual Abuse in Australia and New Zealand & Authors. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 2
Issue Number 2
Page from 85
Page to 96
ISSN 1833-8488
Date Accessioned 2011-01-31
Date Available 2014-03-25T22:35:32Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Forensic Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36946
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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