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NCJ Number: 221004 Find in a Library
Title: Offense History and Recidivism in Three Victim-Age-Based Groups of Juvenile Sex Offenders
Journal: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment  Volume:19  Issue:4  Dated:December 2007  Pages:409-424
Author(s): Therese Skubic Kemper; Janet A.. Kistner
Date Published: December 2007
Page Count: 16
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compared the sexual and nonsexual offense histories of subgroups of juvenile sex offenders who victimized children (child offenders; n=198), peers (peer offenders; n=77), or both children and peers (mixed offenders; n=21), in order to determine whether they constituted distinct and valid subgroups.
Abstract: Finding show that juvenile sex offenders whose victims were children tended to target male and female relatives, and juvenile sex offenders whose victims were peers tended to target girls unrelated to them. Peer offenders had a more extensive criminal history than child offenders, which is consistent with previous research that shows this group generally engages in more disruptive behavior than child offenders. Although the mixed offender subgroup accounted for only 7 percent of the total sample of juvenile sex offenders, the findings show they differed from the child and peer offenders in several important ways. They exhibited more diverse and physically intrusive sexual offense histories than the other subgroups and were less likely to complete treatment. The findings show the importance of including mixed offenders in future research, in order to examine the varying etiology of sexual offending, treatment, and reoffending among juvenile sex offenders. All of the study participants had been committed to a North Florida residential training school between 1995 and 2001. Commitment to this facility was limited to serious and/or chronic sexual and nonsexual offenders between the ages of 12 and 19. The majority were required by the court to complete a 12-month sex offender treatment program. Data were obtained on their sex offenses, nonsexual offenses, progress in treatment, and reoffending for nonsexual and sexual offenses following release from the facility. 2 tables and 33 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile Sex Offenders
Index Term(s): Behavior typologies; Child molesters; Comparative analysis; Crime typologies; Sex offender profiles; Victim profiles
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