This review examines recent empirical research literature on several aspects of adolescents who commit sexual offenses and their treatment. Presumed etiologies for the behavior are examined, along with research into personal characteristics, comparisons with non-offending groups, psychological, family, and behavioral characteristics, comorbid psychiatric conditions and arousal patterns. Outcomes following treatment are briefly reviewed. Although it is clear that considerable information has been gathered regarding male adolescent sexual offenders and limited information is available regarding female adolescent sexual offenders, many critical questions remain unanswered. The review concludes with suggestions for future research.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental and Educational Psychology