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NCJ Number: 163905 Find in a Library
Title: Young Sex Offenders: A Comparison With a Control Group of Non-Sex Offenders
Journal: Forum on Corrections Research  Volume:7  Issue:1  Dated:January 1995  Pages:17-19
Author(s): I. W. Shields; S. A. Jordan
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This study compared a sample of 52 young sex offenders and 800 young non-sex offenders that included consecutive admissions to the young offender unit of a regional detention center in Canada.
Abstract: The offenders were incarcerated because they had been convicted of a criminal offense or because they were awaiting trial for an offense allegedly committed when they were 16 or 17 years of age. Each offender was interviewed individually and underwent a battery of risk and needs tests. The average age of sex offenders was 17.3 years and all but one were male. The average age of the non-sex offenders was 17.2 percent and 722 were male. All sex offenders had been convicted of "hands-on" offenses such as fondling, sexual assault, or attempted sexual assault. Results showed that young sex offenders were characterized by sexual abuse, depression, poor academic performance, and nonsexual antisocial behavior. Sex offenders were more likely than non-sex offenders to report they had been sexually abused. In addition, sex offenders had higher Trauma Symptom Checklist depression scores than non-sex offenders, and more sex offenders than non-sex offenders failed a grade in school. Sex offenders were as likely as non-sex offenders, however, to have had two or more prior convictions, to exhibit poor classroom behavior, and to have been suspended or expelled from school. Further research is recommended to study adolescent sexual aggression and its treatment. 14 references and 1 table
Main Term(s): Juvenile Sex Offenders
Index Term(s): Canada; Crime in foreign countries; Foreign crime statistics; Foreign inmates; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Foreign offenders; Inmate characteristics; Inmate statistics; Juvenile inmates; Juvenile offender statistics
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