Sexually abusive youth: A review of recidivism studies and methodological issues for future research

Show simple item record Fortune, Clareann en Lambie, Ian en 2012-03-07T19:20:58Z en 2006 en
dc.identifier.citation Clinical Psychology Review 26(8):1078-1095 2006 en
dc.identifier.issn 0272-7358 en
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dc.description.abstract This paper is a critical review of the recidivism studies on sexually abusive youth. Recidivism studies looking at sexually abusive youth have only appeared in the literature in the last 10 to 15 years and the small number of published studies, along with difficulties in defining recidivism, have affected the quality of outcome data. The most consistent criteria for recidivism applied in the literature uses official records to determine subsequent arrests and/or convictions for sexual and/or non-sexual offences. However, official records are conservative and so will underestimate recidivism rates. Recidivism rates for sexually abusive youth who have received treatment for sexual re-offending are approximately 10%, though rates vary greatly (0% to 42%), while recidivism rates for non-sexual offending are higher (ranging between 8% and 52%). Research indicates that comparison groups of untreated sexually abusive youth have higher rates of sexual and non-sexual re-offending than those who have received treatment. Specific recommendations are made for strengthening research design in future studies. These include using multiple sources to determine recidivism (e.g. official records, self-report, family report and standardised psychological tools), having comparison groups of treatment dropouts and untreated sexually abusive youth and including long-term, longitudinal follow-up of youth. en
dc.publisher Elsevier Ltd. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Clinical Psychology Review en
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dc.title Sexually abusive youth: A review of recidivism studies and methodological issues for future research en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.cpr.2005.12.007 en
pubs.issue 8 en
pubs.begin-page 1078 en
pubs.volume 26 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Elsevier Ltd. en
dc.identifier.pmid 16488062 en
pubs.end-page 1095 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 59201 en Science en Psychology en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en
pubs.dimensions-id 16488062 en

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