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NCJ Number: 191591 Find in a Library
Title: Understanding Juvenile Sex Offenders: Research Findings and Guidelines for Effective Management and Treatment
Author(s): John A. Hunter Ph.D.
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0660
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 97-JE-FX-0051
Sale Source: Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy, University of Virginia
UVA Health System, P.O. Box 800660
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0660
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document provides guidelines for managing and treating juvenile sex offenders.
Abstract: Juveniles account for a significant percentage of the sexual assaults against children and women. The onset of sexual behavior problems in juveniles appears to be linked to a number of factors, including child maltreatment and exposure to violence and pornography. Research suggests that a distinction can be made between juveniles who target peers or adults and those who offend against children. The former group appears to be more anti-social and violent. Juvenile sexual offending appears to traverse racial and cultural boundaries. Legal and mental health intervention is believed to be important in deterring a continuation of such behavior. The most effective intervention is believed to consist of a combination of legal sanctions, monitoring, and specialized clinical programming. Programs reflecting the collaborative efforts of juvenile justice and mental health professions generally report low sexual recidivism rates. Clinical programming for juvenile sex offenders typically includes a combination of individual, group, and family therapies. Important aspects of the effective treatment of juvenile sex offenders include the establishment of positive self-esteem, the teaching and clarification of values, the provision of sex education, the enhancement of social skills, the teaching of impulse control, and the teaching of relapse prevention. Federal guidelines specifically require the registering of juveniles when they have been convicted of rape, nonconsensual sexual perpetration or sodomy, or incest with a victim at least 2 years younger than themselves. 11 references, 12 notes
Main Term(s): Juvenile Sex Offenders; Juvenile treatment methods
Index Term(s): Juveniles; Moral development; Multiproblem juveniles; Serious juvenile offenders; Sex offenders; Team diagnosis
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