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Polygraph Testing for Juveniles in Treatment for Sexual Behavior Problems: An Exploratory Study
The impact of post-adjudication polygraph testing of juveniles with sexual offenses is examined. Sections of this article following an abstract include: introduction; the use of polygraphs with juveniles with sexual behavior problems; the current study; methods; results according to sample demographics, and average number of victims disclosed before and after polygraph; and discussion of key findings and implications. “Polygraph testing resulted in a significant increase in the number of victims disclosed. The types of victims disclosed as a result of polygraph testing tended to be younger and male, compared with the types of victims disclosed before polygraph testing. There was a non-significant trend toward proportionately more disclosure of extra-familial victims during polygraph testing than before. In addition, a substantial proportion of participants revealed sexual contact with same-age peers that they had previously not disclosed during the course of treatment. Results suggest that polygraph testing may be used to gain additional information and potentially help to inform specialized treatment” (p. 1).