Differences in self-report measures by adolescent sex offender risk group

Susan Smith, Richard Wampler, Janelle Jones, Alan Reifman

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Differences in self-reports among three groups of juvenile sex offenders (N = 162) were examined. Risk was defined as the sum of the following static variables based on inter-views with juveniles and others and from written records: type of offense (violent or predatory = 1, not = 0), prior sex offense (any = 1, none = 0), history of sexual abuse (self or family= 1, none = 0), history of substance abuse (self or family = 1, none = 0), history of behavior problems (yes = 1, no = 0), and unstable home life (yes = 1, stable = 0). Low-risk (0 to 2 risk factors), medium-risk (3 factors), and high-risk (4 to 6 factors) groups of offenders were formed. Univariate ANCOVAs indicated that the high-risk group reported less family cohesion, more aggression, lower self-esteem, more social discomfort, and more frequent and extreme sexual fantasies. The implications of these findings for differential identification of and interventions with adolescent sex offenders are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-106
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2005


  • Adolescents
  • Aggressive sexuality
  • Assessment
  • Children
  • Juvenile sexual offenders
  • Rape
  • Sexual abuse
  • Treatment


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