Perception of licensed sex offender treatment providers preparation for providing treatment for juveniles who have committed sexual offenses



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Sex abuse is widely recognized as a significant problem in today’s society. Increasingly, juveniles are committing more sexual offenses with seriously damaging effects on their victims and families. The 2013 U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Bulletin reported that juveniles committed approximately 12,600 sex offenses not including forcible rape or prostitution. The costs are high in emotional and physical damage to the victims, the offender and their families. The costs are high to the judicial and rehabilitative departments in providing adjudication and treatment for juveniles who have committed a sexual offense. Youths who have committed sexual offenses present developmental needs and their behaviors are grounded in unique risks related to their offenses. Most programs used to provide treatment for juveniles who have committed a sex offense are formulated using an adult model of treatment that does not take into consideration the unique developmental needs of adolescents. This qualitative study will explore the perceptions of treatment providers’ preparedness for addressing sex offender treatment for the adolescent population.



Juvenile Sex Offense, Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders