Adolescents who sexually offend are highly diverse both in risk factors as well as inner resources. Utilizing the BERS-2-YRS, the AAQ, and the J-SOAP-II, 38 adjudicated adolescents convicted of a sexual offense in secure care were assessed to determine which protective factors are correlated with reduced sexual re-offense risk. This study also explored how adolescents who have only committed a sexual offense (sex-only) differ from adolescents who have committed a sexual offense in addition to other delinquent behavior (sex-plus). Results indicated that sex-only adolescents demonstrate a significantly lower sexual recidivism risk and have greater affective strength compared to sex-plus adolescents. The sex-only sub-group also demonstrated large correlations for reduced sexual recidivism risk along five protective factors found on the BERS-2-YRS.
|Commitee:||Gomez, Michael, Newmeyer, Mark|
|Department:||Psychology & Counseling|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-B 80/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Counseling Psychology, Psychology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Adolescents, Attachment, Protective factors, Sexual behavior problems, Sub-groups|
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