Factors associated with treatment compliance in a population of juvenile sexual offenders

John A. Hunter, Aurelio José Figueredo

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Structural equation modeling was utilized to assess predictors of outcomes in a sample of 204 juvenile male sexual offenders participating in community-based treatment programming. Lower levels of client denial at intake predicted successful program compliance. Higher levels of denial were found in nonadjudicated youths. Although program attrition was high (50% in the first year), relatively few youths were expelled for sexual (4.9%) or nonsexual delinquency (6.6%) over a 12- to 24-month period. Program failure during years 1 and 2 was attributable largely to expulsion for failure to comply with attendance requirements and/or therapeutic directives. Youths failing to comply were found to have higher overall levels of measured sexual maladjustment and may be at greater long-term risk for sexual recidivism. Implications of the findings for clinical risk assessment, and directions for future research, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-67
Number of pages19
JournalSexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999


  • Cognitive distortions
  • Denial
  • Juvenile offenders
  • Sexual offender treatment
  • Treatment compliance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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