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What Is So Special About Male Adolescent Sexual Offending? A Review and Test of Explanation Through Meta-Analysis

Publication year: 2010

Library ID

  • 027336

Other Information

  • 2010
  • 50 pages
Anyone working with or interested in male juvenile sexual offenders should read this article. "In the present quantitative review, we focus on the validity of special explanations of adolescent sexual offending that are testable by comparing adolescent sex offenders with other adolescent offenders 'We contrast offense-specific theories with the more parsimonious view that sexual offending is simply one of many manifestations of general antisocial tendencies (which we also refer to as the 'general delinquency explanation') and therefore can be explained with the same risk factors and processes that have been successfully used in research on juvenile delinquency" (p. 529). 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.