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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Teenage sex offenders-Psychology, Body image in adolescence, Adolescent sexual perpetrators, Male adolescents, Modus operandi, Sexual deviant behavior


Adolescent sexual offenders are responsible for at least 40% of reported forcible rapes and child molestation in the United States (Snyder and Sickmond, 1999). With such startling statistics, it is important to consider possible reasons for such behaviors, as well as treatment options to minimize recidivism rates. Currently, male adolescent perpetrator treatment necessitates full bio-psycho-social treatment. An example of such treatment would be a multifaceted treatment model that accounts not only for the behaviors themselves, but also the total environment: mental, physical, and familial, or a holistic approach (Ryan and Lane, 1997). Currently, body image is not fully considered within this model.




iii, 19 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2010. Includes bibliographical references (p. 15-19)