Juvenile Sexual Offenders: Correlates of Onset, Variety, and Desistance of Criminal Behavior

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Title Juvenile Sexual Offenders: Correlates of Onset, Variety, and Desistance of Criminal Behavior
Author Carpentier, Julie; Leclerc, Benoit; Proulx, Jean
Journal Name Criminal Justice and Behavior
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Sage
Abstract The aim of the study was to identify the factors associated with age of onset of sexual aggression, and variety and desistance of criminal activity, among adolescent sexual aggressors. The sample consisted of 351 adolescents (M age = 15.8 years, SD = 1.8) who were assessed in an outpatient psychiatric clinic between 1992 and 2002. Recidivism data were collected after a mean follow-up period of 8 years. Hierarchical logistic regression analyses demonstrated that some variables related to childhood and adolescent development discriminated among participants who went on to follow different criminal activity trajectories. Indices of early antisocial behaviors (aggressive behavior, antisocial traits) were associated with early activation of a pattern of sexual offending as well as a polymorphic criminal career in adolescence. Findings supported previous research indicating that most adolescent sexual offenders who persist in a criminal career commit a variety of offenses and do not specialize in sexual crimes.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0093854811407730
Volume 38
Issue Number 8
Page from 854
Page to 873
ISSN 0093-8548
Date Accessioned 2012-02-27; 2012-03-25T22:55:35Z
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Criminal Law and Procedure; Psychology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/43969
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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