Differences Between Adolescent Sex Offenders: Specialists Versus Generalists

Catrien C.J.H. Bijleveld, NSCR Inst. for the Study of Criminality
Jan Hendriks, De Waag

ABSTRACT
Using psychological screening reports on juvenile sex offenders (N=142) we compare offenders who specialize in sex offenses with offenders who have committed other offenses as well. Furthermore, we contrast these two groups with first (sex) offenders. Using latent class analysis, we compare these types of offenders with respect to their demographic and personality characteristics, with respect to their family background, and criminal career. We discuss implications for theory and treatment.

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