A developmental taxonomy of juvenile sex offenders for theory, research, and prevention : the adolescent-limited and the high-rate slow desister

Authors: Lussier, Patrick; Van den Berg, Chantal; Bijleveld, Catrien C. J. H.; Hendriks, jan
Abstract: The current study investigates the offending trajectories of juvenile sex offenders (JSOs) across and beyond adolescence. In doing so, the study examines the number, the rate, and the shape of nonsexual and sexual offending trajectories in a sample of JSOs followed retrospectively and prospectively from late childhood to adulthood. Using semiparametric group-based modeling, the study reveals the presence of five distinctive nonsexual offending and two sexual offending trajectories: adolescent- limited and high-rate slow desisters. The study does not find strong evidence of synchronicity between nonsexual and sexual trajectories, suggesting that the current taxonomy of antisocial behaviors may offer a limited perspective on sex offender types. Furthermore, sexual trajectories do not differ much across sex offender types, suggesting that the findings might be generalized to child and peer abusers. The study findings offer supporting evidence for the presence of two distinct JSO types with important implications for theory, research, and interventions.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 December 2012
Open Access Date: 20 September 2016
Document version: AM
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/10048
This document was published in: Criminal justice and behavior, Vol. 39 (12), 1559–1581 (2012)
Sage Publications
Alternative version: 10.1177/0093854812455739
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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