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Adolescent Sexual Offending


Adolescents who sexually offend present difficult and complicated demands for clinicians. The gravity of sex offending cannot be ignored, however, because adolescent offending does not necessarily presage adult offending, intervention must not preclude normal developmental opportunities. However, most adult persistent offenders begin offending during adolescence. Thus, clinicians have to provide effective treatment for the potentially serious adult offender while preventing negative second order effects that might create iatrogenic developmental consequences. The essential conclusions about the etiology of juvenile sex offending are that the processes are multi-factorial, complex and developmentally organized. Based on this analysis, assessment of the individual adolescent is critical to establishing an articulated treatment plan and five domains are identified as critical areas for the clinical picture. These are: (1) offender's victimization and