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NCJ Number: 250053 Find in a Library
Title: Sexualized Behaviors in Cohorts of Children in the Child Welfare System
Journal: Child Abuse & Neglect  Volume:52  Dated:February 2016  Pages:49-61
Author(s): L. M. Grossi; A. F. Lee
Date Published: February 2016
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2002-IJ-CX-0029
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The current retrospective archival study examined the patterns of normative sexualized behavior (NSB), problematic sexualized behavior (PSB), and sexual perpetration for three age cohorts of boys and girls in a high-risk child welfare sample.
Abstract: All children in the present sample had exhibited some form of PSB in the past. It was hypothesized that the incidence rates (IR) of NSBs would increase linearly from the early childhood cohort (Ages 2/3–7) to the middle childhood cohort (Ages 8–11) to the preadolescence/adolescence cohort (Ages 12–17), for girls and boys. Although the base rate of sexual behaviors generally increases as children age, children tend to hide sexual behaviors starting at an early age; therefore, it was hypothesized that a concave quadratic trend would be evident for most PSBs. It was further predicted that older children would have a greater incidence of PSB, as well as more victims, compared with younger children. The study found the predicted upward linear trend for NSB for both girls and boys, with minimal IR differences between the early childhood and middle childhood cohorts. IRs were remarkably high and comparable across age groups for both boys and girls, with respect to the same three PSBs. For the two perpetration history variables, there was a concave effect, with girls and boys in the middle childhood cohort exhibiting the lowest IR. Results are explained in the context of previously established patterns of sexualized behavior, as well as the reporting of such behaviors. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile Risk Factors
Index Term(s): Age group comparisons; Juvenile delinquency prediction; Juvenile recidivism prediction; Juvenile Sex Offenders; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Sexual behavior
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