Characteristics of Abused and Nonabused Adolescent Sexual Offenders

Charlayne L. Cooper, William Murphy, Mary R. Haynes

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The current study was designed to provide further information on characteristics of adolescent sexual offenders who have and have not experienced abuse. The subjects were approximately 300 adolescent offenders seen in a clinical treatment program. Abused and nonabused adolescent offenders were compared on a number of offense-specific variables and standardized instruments including the MMPI, Interpersonal Behavior Survey, Family Adaptation and Cohesion Evaluation Scale, and Self-Reported Delinquent Behavior Checklist. Results indicated that those offenders who were sexually abused had an earlier onset of their offending, had more victims, were likely to abuse both males and females, and tended to show more psychopathology and interpersonal problems, although no differences were found in terms of self-reported delinquent behavior or family functioning. The data are discussed in terms of their possible etiological significance and clinical implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-119
Number of pages15
JournalSexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment
Volume8
Issue number2
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StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

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Characteristics of Abused and Nonabused Adolescent Sexual Offenders. / Cooper, Charlayne L.; Murphy, William; Haynes, Mary R.

In: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 8, No. 2, 01.01.1996, p. 105-119.

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