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Distinguishing two types of adolescent sex offenders

Butler, SM; Seto, MC; (2002) Distinguishing two types of adolescent sex offenders. J AM ACAD CHILD PSY , 41 (1) 83 - 90.

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Abstract

Objective: To distinguish between adolescent sex offenders according to nonsexual offense history. Method: Thirty-two sex offenders, 48 criminally versatile offenders, and 34 nonaggressive offenders referred by youth courts for mental health assessments in Toronto, Canada between 1994 land 1997 were compared on measures of childhood conduct problems, current behavioral adjustment, antisocial attitudes and beliefs, and risk for future delinquency. Sex offenders were further divided into those without (sex-only) and those with (sex-plus) nonsexual offenses in their criminal histories. Results: Sex offenders were similar to non-sex offenders in their childhood conduct problems, current behavioral adjustment, and antisocial attitudes and beliefs, but they had a lower risk for future delinquency. Sex-only offenders had significantly fewer childhood conduct problems, better current adjustment, more prosocial attitudes, and a lower risk for future delinquency than did the non-sex offender groups, whereas sex-plus offenders resembled criminally versatile offenders. Conclusions: Differences between sex-only and sex-plus offenders reflect a valid typological distinction. Discrimination between these two groups is important when assigning sex offenders to appropriate interventions.

Type: Article
Title: Distinguishing two types of adolescent sex offenders
Identifier: PMID: 11800213
Keywords: adolescent sex offenders, typology, antisociality, ANTISOCIAL-BEHAVIOR, YOUNG OFFENDERS, RECIDIVISM, DELINQUENCY, VALIDITY, CHILDREN, OFFENSE
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/11518
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