When adolescents sexually offend, there is a substantial impact in the life of their parents. The specific aims of this study were to a) identify the lived experience of parents of adolescents who have sexually offended by revealing and describing their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in response to their child’s offense; b) describe how these parents coped with the experience; and, c) identify what these parents need from a treatment program for themselves. The participants were parents and parental figures of adolescents legally convicted for sexual offenses and currently involved in sex offender-specific treatment a family treatment program in the mid-south. Using the premises of the Trauma Outcome Process, a focus group and individual interviews were conducted with these participants. Constant comparison was used to analyze the data until saturation was reached. Four main themes emerged: the initial reaction, the relationship with the child, “dealing with it,” and being a survivor. In describing how they coped with the experience, the main themes included: (1) coping with the initial response; (2) coping with feeling responsible for their child’s offending behavior; (3) coping with feeling alone and overwhelmed; and, (4) benefits from participating in the support groups at FTP. Analysis of these themes revealed this sample’s perception of reality while living and coping with the experience of having a child convicted of a sexual offense. These results support the development of an individualized intervention to meet the self-identified needs of this population.
Key Words: parents of adolescent offenders, adolescent sex offenders, Trauma Outcome Process, focus groups, forensic nursing
|Commitee:||Coe-hout, April, Goodwin, Julia, Green, Angela, Tak, Sunghee|
|School:||University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Arkansas|
|Source:||DAI-B 72/04, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Adolescent sex offenders, Focus groups, Forensic nursing, Parents, Trauma outcomes|
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