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NCJ Number: 156424 Find in a Library
Title: Comparison of Child Molesters and Nonsexual Criminals: Risk Predictors and Long-Term Recidivism
Journal: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency  Volume:32  Issue:3  Dated:(August 1995)  Pages:325-337
Author(s): R K Hanson; H Scott; R A Steffy
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 13
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compared the long-term recidivism of 191 child molesters and 137 nonsexual criminals.
Abstract: All the men in the study were selected from Millbrook Correctional Centre, a maximum-security, provincial correctional institution in southern Ontario (Canada). The child molester sample was the same as that examined in Hanson et al. (1993) and included three cohorts: child molesters referred to a new treatment program between 1965 and 1973 (n=106), child molesters in Millbrook between 1965 and 1973 who were not referred to the treatment program (n=60), and child molesters sentenced to Millbrook between 1958 and 1964 (n=31). Detailed clinical assessments were available for the treatment group. Information for the other child-molester groups was abstracted from archival records. Complete data, including recidivism data, were available for final samples of 191 child molesters and 137 nonsexual criminals. The criterion for recidivism was a reconviction as indicated by national Canadian records. Overall, 83.2 percent of the nonsexual criminals and 61.8 percent of the child molesters were reconvicted during the 15- to 30-year follow-up period. The two groups tended to be reconvicted for distinct types of offenses. Almost all sexual-offense recidivism was in the child molester group. The nonsexual criminals, in contrast, were responsible for almost all the nonsexual violent recidivism. Generally, prior offenses of a specific type predicted future offenses of the same type. The results support the utility of developing specialized approaches for understanding and managing child molesters. 3 tables and 27 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Canada; Child molesters; Comparative analysis; Foreign criminal justice research; Recidivism
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