Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 199-221

First online:

Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders: A Review of the Literature

  • Melissa A. ErtlAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Ohio University
  • , John R. McNamaraAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, Ohio University

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This article reviews the literature concerning the treatment of juvenile sex offenders, an area that has only recently begun to receive attention by researchers. This review considers the types and modalities of treatment methods available as well as the research supporting their efficacy. Special issues for therapists who work with juvenile sex offenders are also discussed. This review found that although there is a wide variety of treatment techniques available to treat juvenile sex offenders, very little research has been done to validate their efficacy. The need for controlled systematic research is noted.