Assessment of sexual knowledge and attitudes in an adolescent sex offender population

Meg S. Kaplan, Judith V. Becker, Craig E. Tenke

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Abstract

A total of 213 inner-city male adolescent sex offenders were administered a standardized test of sexual knowledge, attitudes, and values during an initial assessment and after participation in a 40-week group treatment program, during which 4 weekly group sessions were devoted to sex education. There was a large attrition rate. Only 127 subjects entered treatment, and of those, only 52 (40.9%) completed 70% or more of the group treatment sessions. Results indicated that subjects who completed the entire program, including pre-and posttests (n = 45), significantly shifted their sexual attitudes and values. Improvements in the knowledge portion of the test were statistically reliable only for subjects who completed all items on the test (n = 19). Results indicate that a 4-session sex education program may be too short for this population, and the findings underscore the importance of attention to individual differences in experience and capability when assessing sexual knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-225
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Sex Education and Therapy
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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