In the United States, law enforcement and judicial systems and mental health professionals continue to struggle to deal with the rise in the number of juvenile sex offenders. The consequences of sex offending are substantial for victims, society, perpetrators, and their families, involving significant human (emotional and physical suffering) and financial costs. Adolescent sexual offending is a complex phenomenon that cannot be easily explained. Many theories have been proposed to explain why some children and teens sexually abuse others. However, to date there is no empirically derived and tested model to explain what motivates adolescents to perpetrate sexual crimes. This chapter provides an overview of biological, individual, familial, social, and behavioral characteristics of adolescents who have sexually offended. This chapter also reviews common approaches to treating and preventing recurrent sexually aggressive behavior in juveniles.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Adolescent Behavioral Problems|
|Subtitle of host publication||Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment|
|Number of pages||17|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2015|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)