What Is So Special About Male Adolescent Sexual Offending? A Review and Test of Explanation Through Meta-Analysis
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Sep. 19, 2013
ANNOTATION: Anyone working with or interested in male juvenile sexual offenders should read this article. Topics discussed within it include: theories of sexual offending; comparing theories of sexual offending; methodological considerations; purpose of this quantitative review; the general delinquency explanation; special explanations of adolescent sexual offending--the sexually abused sexual abuser, poor childhood attachment, social incompetence, sexual development, atypical sexual interests, psychopathy, and cognitive abilities; the importance of victim age; seven hypotheses; method; results according to age at first criminal justice contact, extent of criminal involvement, conduct problems, antisocial tendencies, substance abuse, general delinquency risk factors and victim age, childhood abuse (sexual, physical, emotional, and neglect) and exposure to violence or presence of (sexual or nonsexual violence in the family, and nonsexual violence outside of the family, and experience of abuse and victim age), family problems (relationship, communication, or satisfaction problems, separation from parent, familial substance abuse, familial criminality, and family problems and victim age), and interpersonal problems, sexuality, psychopathology, cognitive abilities, and impression management; discussion regarding theories of sexual offending, sexually abused sexual abuser, various special explanations (poor childhood attachment, social incompetence, sexual development, atypical sexual interests, psychopathology, and cognitive abilities), general delinquency explanation, and future directions.