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NCJ Number: NCJ 242001     Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Behavior and Treatment Improvement of Institutionalized Girls
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Author(s): Karin S. Nijhof, Ph.D. ; Ron H.J. Scholte, Ph.D. ; W.J. Burk, Ph.D. ; Rutger C.M.E Engels, Ph.D. ; Coleta Van Dam, Ph.D. ; Jan W. Veerman, Ph.D.
  Journal: Residential Treatment For Children & Youth  Volume:29  Issue:3  Dated:July - September 2012  Pages:250 to 264
Date Published: 08/2012
Page Count: 15
  Annotation: This study examined the association between sexual behavior and treatment improvement of institutionalized girls.
Abstract: The present study examined the association between sexual behavior and treatment improvement of institutionalized girls. Treatment files of 174 girls (M age = 15.71, SD = 1.14) were analyzed to obtain information about the sexual behavior of girls before admission. Based on their sexual behavior, girls were classified into three subgroups: girls showing sexually normative behavior (29 percent), girls showing promiscuous behavior (43 percent), and girls with a history of forced prostitution (29 percent). A subsample of 95 girls was also asked to complete questionnaires to measure treatment improvement. The findings revealed no differences in self-reported problem behavior between the subgroups at entrance. Over time differences between the subgroups were found, indicating that the girls in the different subgroups might require a different treatment approach. Further research that would include larger samples is needed to explore specific treatment needs. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
Main Term(s): Residential child care institutions
Index Term(s): Sexual behavior ; Treatment offender matching ; Juvenile residential treatment centers ; Adolescent females ; Treatment effectiveness ; Netherlands
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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