Juvenile sexual offenders: Characteristics, interventions, and policy issues

Judith V. Becker, Scotia J. Hicks

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The incidence and prevalence of sexual offenses committed by juveniles are examined and current policies regarding juvenile sexual offenders are evaluated by considering the relevant psychological literature. Characteristics of juvenile sex offenders are reviewed, noting the heterogeneity of this population. Recent research on developmental pathways and typologies is presented, intervention strategies are reviewed, and recommendations for research and policy are made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-410
Number of pages14
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Juvenile sexual offenders
  • Mental health
  • Public health
  • Public policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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