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Perceptions of Juvenile Sex Offenders Who Were Sexually Abused Themselves

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We investigated whether public perceptions of juvenile sex offenders are influenced by a juvenile’s history of being sexually abused. In line with attribution theory, we expected that participants would perceive a sexually abused juvenile (as compared to a non-abused juvenile) as less able to control his behavior and, in turn, less deserving of sex offender registration. Alternatively, participants might perceive a sexually abused juvenile as psychologically damaged and particularly likely to commit future offenses, and thus, more deserving of registration. We found support for the latter hypothesis. Theoretical explanations and implications of our findings will be discussed.
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Stevenson, Margaret., Najdowski, Cynthia. and Sorenson, Katlyn. "Perceptions of Juvenile Sex Offenders Who Were Sexually Abused Themselves" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Mar 18, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p398637_index.html>

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Stevenson, M. C., Najdowski, C. J. and Sorenson, K. M. , 2010-03-18 "Perceptions of Juvenile Sex Offenders Who Were Sexually Abused Themselves" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p398637_index.html

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Abstract: We investigated whether public perceptions of juvenile sex offenders are influenced by a juvenile’s history of being sexually abused. In line with attribution theory, we expected that participants would perceive a sexually abused juvenile (as compared to a non-abused juvenile) as less able to control his behavior and, in turn, less deserving of sex offender registration. Alternatively, participants might perceive a sexually abused juvenile as psychologically damaged and particularly likely to commit future offenses, and thus, more deserving of registration. We found support for the latter hypothesis. Theoretical explanations and implications of our findings will be discussed.


Similar Titles:
Differential Familial Abuse Profiles and Physical and Sexual Abuse Experiences among Serious Violent Juvenile Sex and Non-sex Offenders

Perceptions of Abuse History as a Cause of Juvenile Sex Offending

Assessing Cognitive Distortions for Juvenile Sexual Offenders: Comparing Juvenile Sexual Offenders and Non-offenders


 
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