Developmental Factors in Adolescent Child Sexual Offenders: A Comparison of Nonrepeat and Repeat Sexual Offenders

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Title Developmental Factors in Adolescent Child Sexual Offenders: A Comparison of Nonrepeat and Repeat Sexual Offenders
Author Dennison, Susan Michelle; Leclerc, Benoit
Journal Name Criminal Justice and Behavior
Editor curt bartol
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Abstract Scholars have studied developmental factors relevant to adult sex offenders. These factors, however, have not been of interest so far in the area of adolescent sexual offenders. Given the paucity of research in this area, this study examines developmental factors that may be relevant in understanding why some offenders become persistent throughout the course of adolescence. The sample consisted of male adolescents convicted of a sexual offense against a child. Compared to nonrepeat sexual offenders (n = 80), repeat sexual offenders (n = 27) were characterized by a history of sexual abuse victimization and inappropriate sexual behaviors. However, offenders who had a history of sexual abuse but who did not exhibit inappropriate sexual behaviors were more likely to be classified as repeat sex offenders.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0093854811417076
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology. 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 38
Issue Number 11
Page from 1089
Page to 1102
ISSN 0093-8548
Date Accessioned 2012-02-27
Date Available 2013-05-30T03:35:10Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Criminology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44285
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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