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Intrafamilial adolescent sex offenders: psychological profile and treatment

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Numéros : vol. 375, ISSN 1836-2206
Date de publication : juin 2019
Etendue : 6 p.
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Présentation de l'éditeur :

Sexual abuse of children by other children or adolescents constitutes approximately 40 to 90 percent of sexual offending against children. This paper examines the nature and causes of adolescent intrafamilial sex offending and which treatment approaches are likely to be successful. Using the results of a four-year study in Western Australia, it provides an overview of intrafamilial adolescent sex offenders (IASOs), what is known about them and how they can be conceptualised. Findings show that IASOs have greater developmental trauma and family dysfunction than adult sex offenders. They also demonstrate greater levels of various behavioural difficulties associated with conduct disorders than do extrafamilial and adult sex offenders and the general population; most commonly ADHD and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Adolescent sex offender programs are based on those developed for adult offenders, with cognitive behavioural therapy the dominant model. However, these programs lack appropriate focus on developmental issues and the influence of family on offending patterns. Programs that combine a variety of treatment modalities show more promising outcomes. It is recommended that a need to understand adolescent sex offending as a health issue, rather than a moral one, allows for interventions that have the best possible chance of changing sexually inappropriate behaviour and ending the intergenerational transmission of abuse.

Mots clés SantéPsy :

Auteur de violence sexuelle, Profil psychologique, Agresseur mineur, Adolescent, Inceste fraternel, Agression sexuelle intrafamiliale, Traitement, Victime mineure, Trouble du comportement, Syndrome post-traumatique, Trouble déficitaire de l'attention hyperactivité, Thérapie comportementale et cognitive, Relation familiale, Trouble de la sexualité, Comportement sexuel


Genre : Étude scientifique
Langue : anglais
Format : bibliographie
Numéro de fiche : 164
Type de fiche : Article de périodique
Création : 15/11/2019
Dernière modification : 15/11/2019
Statut : Publié