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School for Social Work


Teenage sex offenders-Psychology, Teenage sex offenders-Attitudes, Male sexual abuse victims-Psychology, Male sexual abuse victims-Attitudes, Female sex offenders, Adolescents, Sexual abusers, Female offenders, Victims, Comparisons


In this study I examined the perceptions and outcomes of female perpetrated abuse experienced by a group of 331 incarcerated male adolescent (mean age = 16.76 years, SD = 2.15 years) sexual offenders in state care. The study sample was selected from a large pre-existing data set. The youth's perceptions of characteristics and behaviors of female perpetrated sexual abuse were compared to youth's perception of male perpetrated sexual abuse. Measures of trauma, delinquency, attachment to parents and peers, personality style and psychopathology were analyzed for between group differences (victimized by females only; males and females; males only). These analyses had not been done previously with this data set. The results supported the hypothesis that adolescent sexual abusers victimized by females have an early onset of victimization. The group victimized by females only had a shorter duration of victimization, closer relationships to their perpetrators, and less severe victimization as compared with the group victimized by both males and females. Having a female perpetrator either as the only perpetrator or when also reporting a male perpetrator correlated with a closer relationship to the abuser. The group victimized by males and females consistently reported higher scores in trauma, more severe victimization and earlier onset of victimization. Clinical and research implications are discussed.




v, 168 p. Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Smith College School for Social Work, 2013. Includes bibliographical references (p. 94-108)