Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 195–206 | Cite as

Adolescent child molesters: Clinical observations

  • George A Awad
  • Elisabeth B. Saunders


Clinical assessments of 29 male adolescent child molesters referred to the Toronto Family Court Clinic showed that many were socially isolated, had chronic learning problems and had been maladjusted prior to committing their sexual offenses. The roles of drug and alcohol abuse, past sexual victimization, antisocial traits, disinhibition, peer-group influence, psychopathology and sexual deviance, alone or in various combinations, as causal factors for these boys' sexual offenses are discussed in view of previous studies and illustrated by case vignettes.

Key words

Adolescent Child Molesters Delinquents Sexual Deviation 


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© Human Sciences Press 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • George A Awad
    • 1
  • Elisabeth B. Saunders
    • 2
  1. 1.Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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