Understanding and Treating Child and Adolescent Sexual Offenders

  • Judith V. Becker
  • John A. HunterJr.
Part of the Advances in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ACCP, volume 19)


Sexual abuse and sexual assault continue to be major social problems in our society. Finkelhor and colleagues (1990) reported on the prevalence of sexual abuse in a national survey of adult men and women. Twenty-seven percent of all females and 16% of males surveyed reported that they had been sexually abused prior to age 18. Pithers and colleagues (1995) note that sexual abuse has both emotional and financial consequences. The majority of females seeking outpatient mental health services report a history of sexual abuse at some point in their lives (Frontline, 1988). In terms of the financial costs to society, Pithers et al. (1993) reported that in the state of Vermont, the annual cost of responding to child sexual abuse can be estimated at $42 million.


Sexual Abuse Child Sexual Abuse Sexual Arousal Sexual Offense Juvenile Offender 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith V. Becker
    • 1
  • John A. HunterJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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