School for Social Work
Teenage sex offenders-Psychology, Compliance, Social learning, Social learning theory, Sexual abuse victims-Psychology., Juvenile sexual offenders
The main aim of this study was to examine the ways in which obedience, social learning theory, and moral motives influence to sexual offenses of juvenile sexual offenders. From a sample of 502 incarcerated sexually abusing youth, 40 endorsed a question indicating that they "had been told to sexually abuse others." Eighty-four percent of the sample used in this study had been sexually abused. Sixteen percent of the sample had not been sexually abused. The findings support that physical modeling did have an impact on the sexual offenses committed by juvenile sexual offenders however, being told to offend did not impact future offenses.
Peterson, Leanne M., "Juvenile sexual offenders : the influence of modeling, verbal instruction, and relationship structures on sexual offenders" (2012). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.