Violent juvenile sex offenders compared with violent juvenile nonsex offenders: Explorative findings from the Pittsburgh Youth Study

Anton Van Wijk, Rolf Loeber, Robert Vermeiren, Dustin Pardini, Ruud Bullens, Theo Doreleijers

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Abstract

Only a limited number of studies have compared the psychosocial characteristics of juvenile sex offenders and nonsex offenders. The results of these studies have often been contradictory. Furthermore, studies in normal population groups are rare and most of those studies have been conducted in specific populations. This paper reports on the findings of a prospective, longitudinal study, the Pittsburgh Youth Study, in which violent male sex offenders (n = 39) were compared with violent nonsex offenders (n = 430) based on 66 demographic and psychosocial characteristics. The findings show that the sex offenders resembled the nonsex violent offenders with respect to nearly all child, family, peer and demographic risk factors. Some suggestions are made with regard to future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-352
Number of pages20
JournalSexual Abuse: Journal of Research and Treatment
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Juvenile sex offenders
  • Longitudinal study
  • Nonsex offenders
  • Predictive factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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