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Child Abuse Negl. 1996 Jun;20(6):477-85.

Juvenile sexual offending: one-year period prevalence study within Oxfordshire.

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  • 1Highfield Family and Adolescent Unit, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, UK.


An epidemiological survey using a postal questionnaire revealed a 1-year period prevalence rate of 1.5 official juvenile sexual offenders per 1,000 males aged 12-17 within Oxfordshire (.85 per 1,000 12-17 year olds overall). The majority of sexually abusive youth were male, with a family history of neglect, physical, and/or sexual abuse. Behavioral and psychological problems were common.

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