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NCJ Number: 208497 Find in a Library
Title: Preventing Sexually Abused Young People From Becoming Abusers, and Treating the Victimization Experiences of Young People Who Offend Sexually
Journal: Child Abuse & Neglect  Volume:26  Issue:6/7  Dated:June 2002  Pages:661-678
Author(s): Arnon Bentovim
Date Published: June 2002
Page Count: 18
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined whether it is possible to prevent sexually abused boys from sexually abusing other children, and it assessed whether the treatment of juvenile sex offenders can benefit from treating their own sexual abuse as well as their offending behavior.
Abstract: The study involved both a cross-sectional and longitudinal exploration of the factors that lead to the onset of sexually abusive behavior in males who are sexually abused in childhood. In the cross-sectional study, a series of youth (n=78 boys) and their families were studied to identify the specific factors that increased the risk of a juvenile who had been abused in childhood sexually offending against other children. A total of 32 of the boys had abused other children and youth. There were similarities in the lives of boys who sexually offended but had no personal history of sexual abuse themselves. They grew up in a family with a climate of violence in the home, and their mothers had been subject to extensive sexual and physical abuse in their childhood and adulthood. In a prospective study, all males referred to a treatment center for sexual abuse from 1980 to 1992 (n=224 males) were studied. The findings confirmed the findings of the cross-sectional study, i.e., the presence of a pervasive climate of violence in the home, particularly involving the victimization of the mother, was a significant factor in sexual offending, in addition to and perhaps even without the sexual abuse of the child. These findings suggest that therapy for juvenile sex offenders must be comprehensive, nurturing, focus on the family environment, and be conducted in the context of a safe environment for the youth; family therapy should be pursued. 39 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile Sex Offenders
Index Term(s): Child abuse as delinquency factor; Child Sexual Abuse; Crime specific countermeasures; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile delinquent family relations; Parent-Child Relations; Sex offender treatment
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