Adolescent sex offenders

Ja Nelle M. Ricks, Ralph DiClemente

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Abstract

In the United States, law enforcement and judicial systems and mental health professionals continue to struggle to deal with the rise in the number of juvenile sex offenders. The consequences of sex offending are substantial for victims, society, perpetrators, and their families, involving significant human (emotional and physical suffering) and financial costs. Adolescent sexual offending is a complex phenomenon that cannot be easily explained. Many theories have been proposed to explain why some children and teens sexually abuse others. However, to date there is no empirically derived and tested model to explain what motivates adolescents to perpetrate sexual crimes. This chapter provides an overview of biological, individual, familial, social, and behavioral characteristics of adolescents who have sexually offended. This chapter also reviews common approaches to treating and preventing recurrent sexually aggressive behavior in juveniles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Adolescent Behavioral Problems
Subtitle of host publicationEvidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment
PublisherSpringer US
Pages577-593
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781489974976
ISBN (Print)9781489974969
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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adolescent
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Costs and Cost Analysis
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Society

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  • Psychology(all)
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Ricks, J. N. M., & DiClemente, R. (2015). Adolescent sex offenders. In Handbook of Adolescent Behavioral Problems: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment (pp. 577-593). Springer US. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-7497-6_30

Adolescent sex offenders. / Ricks, Ja Nelle M.; DiClemente, Ralph.

Handbook of Adolescent Behavioral Problems: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment. Springer US, 2015. p. 577-593.

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Ricks, JNM & DiClemente, R 2015, Adolescent sex offenders. in Handbook of Adolescent Behavioral Problems: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment. Springer US, pp. 577-593. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-7497-6_30
Ricks JNM, DiClemente R. Adolescent sex offenders. In Handbook of Adolescent Behavioral Problems: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment. Springer US. 2015. p. 577-593 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-7497-6_30
Ricks, Ja Nelle M. ; DiClemente, Ralph. / Adolescent sex offenders. Handbook of Adolescent Behavioral Problems: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment. Springer US, 2015. pp. 577-593
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