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NCJ Number: 120454 Find in a Library
Title: Characteristics of Male Adolescent Sibling Incest Offenders: Preliminary Findings
Author(s): M J O'Brien
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 34
Sponsoring Agency: Safer Society Press
Brandon, VT 05733-0340
Grant Number: 340-86
Sale Source: Safer Society Press
P.O. Box 340
Brandon, VT 05733-0340
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Empirical study of 170 male adolescent sexual offenders showed a strong association between sibling incest offenders and childhood sexual victimization, especially by family members or relatives.
Abstract: The sample was divided into three groups: sibling offenders, child molesters (non-family child victims), and nonchild offenders. Data relating to family environment, socialization and sexual victimization were studied resulting in a profile of sibling incest offenders as those coming from the most dysfunctional families, with high rates of physical, sexual, and drug/alcohol abuse. Significant findings indicated deficient socialization and predicted the choice of victim by the offender. Low rates of prior sexual experience with peers by offenders at the time of the crime provide some support for the blockage theory of child molesting. 23 tables, 17 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile Sex Offenders
Index Term(s): Child abuse as delinquency factor; Home environment; Psychological causes of delinquency; Sex offense causes
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