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The examination of sexual interest in relation to trauma, risk and treatment outcomes among sexual offending adolescent males

5 December 2008


In order to examine the relationship between self-reported sexual interest, trauma, risk and treatment outcomes among adolescent male sexual offenders a sample of 23 discharged adolescent males adjudicated for sexual offenses was taken from a residential facility in the Northwest. Participants in the study were adminstered the Adolescent Sexual Inventory Cardsort (ASIC), Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC), Estimate of Risk of Adolescent Sexual Offense Recidivism (ERASOR) and a follow-up interview at 3, 6, and 12 months after discharge as part of their treatment program. Pearson product correlations were used to evaluate the data, and the Bonferroni adjustment was used to reduce Type I error. Despite the limitations of this study, the results provide support for three of the four hypotheses: (a) increased levels of deviant self-reported sexual interest are related to decreased treatment outcomes, (b) higher levels of deviant self-reported sexual interest are related to increased severity of self-reported post-traumatic distress and related psychological symptomatology, and (c) higher levels of risk are related to less successful treatment outcomes. Results from this study did not indicate that higher levels of self-reported sexual interest were related to an increase in risk.


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