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NCJ Number: 168659 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Female Sexual Offenders: Clinical Characteristics and Treatment Issues
Journal: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment  Volume:9  Issue:3  Dated:July 1997  Pages:187-199
Author(s): R Matthews; J A Hunter A,; J Vuz
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 13
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The phenomenon of juvenile female sexual offending was explored in this study of 67 young people who had been referred for either community-based or residential treatment following a documented history of sexual perpetration.
Abstract: Data were collected on 16 females at the Pines Treatment Center in Virginia and on 51 females from Minnesota's Program for Healthy Adolescent Sexual Expression. All adolescents had been referred for evaluation and treatment following a documented history of sexual perpetration. They were referred by various agencies, including juvenile courts, social service departments, and private mental health treatment providers. The mean age of juvenile female sexual offenders was 14.3 years, with a range from 11 to 18 years; 86.6 percent were white, 8.9 percent were black, 30 percent were Asian, and 1.5 percent were Hispanic. Females were compared to a group of 70 juvenile male sexual offenders with respect to developmental and psychiatric characteristics, history of maltreatment, and sexual perpetration characteristics. Relative to juvenile males, histories of juvenile females reflected more extensive and pervasive childhood maltreatment. Many of the females were exposed to the modeling of interpersonal aggression by both males and females. Most females demonstrated repetitive patterns of sexual offending with multiple victims, suggesting psychosexual disturbances equivalent in severity to the comparison group of males. The authors discuss typological impressions of the clinical population of juvenile female sexual offenders and their special treatment needs and offer recommendations for additional research. 12 references and 3 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile Sex Offenders
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse; Child victims; Female offenders; Juvenile victims; Male female juvenile offender comparisons; Male offenders; Minnesota; Psychological evaluation; Psychological research; Sex offender treatment; Sexual assault victims; Virginia
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