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Risk and resilience among juvenile sexual offenders: A critical review of the literature

24 July 2001


Juvenile sexual offending is increasingly being recognized as a serious crime among youth. The prevalence of sexual offending and sexual re-offending suggests that many juvenile sex offenders (JSOs) may repeat their offending behaviors if not treated. While existing treatment for these youth may deter future sexual offending behaviors, it is unclear which, if any, aspects of these treatments promote the development of positive behaviors. There may be aspects of treatment that promote positive outcomes, or resilience, in JSOs. In this paper, research on both the juvenile sex offender and resiliency will be reviewed. Implications for considering resiliency in the treatment and research of JSOs will be addressed.


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