skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 170119 Find in a Library
Title: Assessment (From Working With Sexually Abusive Adolescents, P 52-91, 1997, Masud S. Hoghughi, Surya R Bhate, et al., eds. - See NCJ 170115)
Author(s): F Graham; G Richardson; S Bhate
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 40
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications Ltd
London, EC2A 4PU, England
Sale Source: Sage Publications Ltd
6 Bonhill Street
London, EC2A 4PU,
United Kingdom
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The assessment of adolescents who are accused or convicted sexual abuse or sex offenses in Great Britain is discussed with respect to its purpose, methods, and implications for treatment.
Abstract: The North American approach to the issue of the rights of minors to withhold information is generally more coercive than the European approach, so a tentative approach often has to be used in Great Britain. The most supportable hypothesis about sexually abusive behavior in adolescents is that it is learned. Assessment aims to determine the abnormal, antisocial, and deviant patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior; learning experiences and processes that led to the behavior; the situations involved; the likelihood of repeat behaviors; the youth's motivation to accept help; and information necessary to develop a treatment strategy. Assessment takes time, and treatment often cannot be withheld while assessment is continuing. Parents should usually be present at the initial interview. The assessment should use multiple sources of information and use a multi-agency, eclectic approach. Areas to assess include social competency, anger, low self-esteem, intelligence, locus of control, personality, assertiveness, coping skills, mental health problems, drug use. Areas requiring specialized assessment procedures may include deviant sexual arousal, sexual fantasy, cognitive distortion, victim empathy, and others. The translation of the assessment to treatment requires careful negotiation with the adolescent, family or caregivers, and the referring agency. Figures, checklists, and appended clinical interview protocol
Main Term(s): Juvenile Sex Offenders
Index Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Juvenile Delinquent needs assessment methods; Sex offender profiles; Sex offense causes; Sexual assault victims; Sexual behavior
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.