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J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2007 Apr;35(2):153-63.

Individual, family, peer, and academic characteristics of male juvenile sexual offenders.

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Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211-2500, USA.

Abstract

This study examined the individual functioning, interpersonal relations, and academic performance of 115 male juveniles who were divided into 5 demographically matched groups (sexual offenders with peer/adult victims, sexual offenders with child victims, violent nonsexual offenders, nonviolent nonsexual offenders, and nondelinquent youths). Parents and youths completed self-report instruments, behavior rating inventories, and a video-recorded interaction task, and teachers completed a rating measure. Results showed that juvenile sexual offenders, like juvenile nonsexual offenders, had more behavior problems, more difficulties in family and peer relations, and poorer academic performance than did nondelinquent youths. However, juvenile sexual offenders and nonsexual offenders did not differ on any of the measures of individual or interpersonal adjustment. The implications of these findings for research, theory, and treatment are discussed.

PMID:
17238003
DOI:
10.1007/s10802-006-9058-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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