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NCJ Number: 192551 Find in a Library
Title: Polygraph Testing Leads to Better Understanding Adult and Juvenile Sex Offenders
Journal: Federal Probation  Volume:65  Issue:3  Dated:December 2001  Pages:8-15
Author(s): Jan Hindman M.S.; James M. Peters J.D.
Editor(s): Ellen Wilson Fielding
Date Published: December 2001
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Document: HTML
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews and summarizes unpublished research studies on the impact of polygraphy on adult and juvenile sex offenders' self-reports of offenses and their history of personal victimization.
Abstract: This article reviews the results of two decades of research comparing the self-reports of hundreds of juvenile and adult sex offenders with reports made after several months of treatment, with the benefit of conditional immunity for undisclosed sexual crimes, and subject to polygraph verification. Study findings indicated that adults would lie and understate the number of sexual crimes they had committed by a factor of five to six, adults would lie and underreport their history as a juvenile sex offender, adults would lie and overreport their history of childhood sexual victimization, and with polygraphs, they reported six times as many victims with confessions that they were sexually offending as juveniles. The polygraph is viewed as a significant tool for both assessment and management. However, since polygraph examinations introduce complex legal questions, they should be approached with extreme care. Tables
Main Term(s): Sex offenders
Index Term(s): Abused children; Juvenile Sex Offenders; Polygraphs
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