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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Juvenile delinquents-Rehabilitation, Teenage sex offenders-Treatment, Child sexual abuse-Psychological aspects, Psychoanalytic interpretation, Dissociation (Psychology), Theoretical, Relational theory, Psychoanalysis, Transformative justice, Juvenile sex offenders, Adolescent sexual abusers, Child sexual abuse, Trauma, Healing justice


This theoretical thesis explores the etiology and treatment of juvenile sexual offenders from the perspectives of psychoanalytic relational theory and the emerging grassroots theory of transformative justice, drawing together the often-disconnected spheres of the individual and the systemic in the study and treatment of child sexual abuse. This study traces the concepts of dissociation and reenactment to examine the role of unconscious traumatogenic phenomena and the apparent parallel process across the individual and systemic dimensions of juvenile sexual offending. Engaging two theories from outside the mainstream treatment model, this study asks what clinical understandings and treatment possibilities may be foreclosed by the prevailing paradigm, and how these alternate perspectives may promote healing and long-term prevention of the replication of trauma and abuse. Finally, a case vignette is discussed and implications for clinical practice and future research are explored.




iii, 110 pages. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, 2015. Includes bibliographical references (pages 95-100)