Similarities and differences between youth who engaged in intrafamilial and extrafamilial sexually abusive behavior: An exploratory study

Eveline van Vugt*, Carlo Garofalo

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Abstract

This study examined differences between youth who engaged in intrafamilial (ISAB) and extrafamilial sexually abusive behavior (ESAB) on various characteristics covering the sociodemographic, offense-related, psychological, and environmental domains. A total of 85 Dutch male youth participated in this study. Information was obtained through self-report questionnaires and systematic screening of the case files. Youth who engaged in ISAB, compared with ESAB, came from larger families, were enrolled in higher levels of secondary education and started sexual offending at a younger age. Youth who engaged in ESAB were more frequently diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and intellectual disabilities (ID) and primarily received longer treatment in the context of residential care. The findings are discussed in connection to the literature on (adult) sexual offending. The risk factors and criminogenic needs that distinguish youth who engaged in ISAB and ESAB appear different from those found in adult populations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-67
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Volume65
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • ADOLESCENT SEX OFFENDERS
  • EMPATHY
  • INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES
  • MEN
  • PREVALENCE
  • RESIDENTIAL CARE
  • RISK
  • SIBLING-INCEST
  • SYMPTOMS
  • VICTIM AGE
  • criminogenic needs
  • extrafamilial victims
  • intrafamilial victims
  • risk factors
  • youth who engaged in sexually abusive behavior

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