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A Swedish sample of 45 adolescent males who have sexually offended: Background, individual characteristics, and offending behavior

A Swedish sample of 45 adolescent males who have sexually offended: Background, individual... This study describes the background, individual characteristics, and offendingbehavior of 45 adolescent males who have sexually offended. This group was alsocompared to adolescents from the general population. The data sources wereintake assessment information and questionnaires. Family problems and neglectwere common. Having separated parents and growing up in large families orfoster-homes discriminated the group from the general population of Swedishadolescent males. The group scored higher than norm data regarding anger,depression, and disruptive behavior. They showed a wish to present themselves ina positive way and they were less open concerning sexuality than a comparisongroup. There were overall few significant differences between the target groupand the comparison groups. Future studies need to explore offender sub-groups;specifically how and why problematic backgrounds affect childrendifferently. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nordic Psychology American Psychological Association

A Swedish sample of 45 adolescent males who have sexually offended: Background, individual characteristics, and offending behavior

Nordic Psychology , Volume 63 (4): 17 – Dec 1, 2011

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 The authors & Nordic Psychology
ISSN
1901-2276
eISSN
1904-0016
DOI
10.1027/1901-2276/a000043
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Abstract

This study describes the background, individual characteristics, and offendingbehavior of 45 adolescent males who have sexually offended. This group was alsocompared to adolescents from the general population. The data sources wereintake assessment information and questionnaires. Family problems and neglectwere common. Having separated parents and growing up in large families orfoster-homes discriminated the group from the general population of Swedishadolescent males. The group scored higher than norm data regarding anger,depression, and disruptive behavior. They showed a wish to present themselves ina positive way and they were less open concerning sexuality than a comparisongroup. There were overall few significant differences between the target groupand the comparison groups. Future studies need to explore offender sub-groups;specifically how and why problematic backgrounds affect childrendifferently.

Journal

Nordic PsychologyAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Dec 1, 2011

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