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Adolescent sexual abusers: the prediction of sexual recidivism

Gerhold, Constanze Katharina Eugenie (2010)
M.Phil. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

Scrutinising the theory and practice of the assessment of risk of sexual recidivism within the literature, and an empirically developed offence and victim information based typology of adolescent sexual abusers were the areas of interest within this thesis, with the intention to examine the utility of offender types or categories in the assessment of risk of sexual recidivism. The findings were placed in the existing an up to date expertise. The results of the literature review of risk of sexual recidivism in adolescent sexual abusers of the years 1990 to 2003 identified twelve studies, which examined mainly static factors related to sexual recidivism. In recent years, there has been an increased concern on dynamic variables as predictors of sexual recidivism. The typology identified five distinct clusters based on archival offender and victim information of the adolescent sexual abusers: (1) child rapist; (2) child fondler; (3) peer of adult fondler; (4) male or multiple rapist; and (5) peer or adult rapist. The categories gain weight, when positioned against offender background information and significant differences in deviancy can be detected. Overall, results were drawn together to advocate for the study of separate types of adolescent sexual abusers in the assessment of risk of sexual recidivism.

Type of Work:M.Phil. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Browne, Kevin
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:Centre of Forensic and Criminological Psychology
Subjects:BF Psychology
HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1134
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