CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
For the past several years, researchers have been striving to better understand the experiences, characteristics, and behaviors of juveniles who commit sexual offenses, as a means to help identify what works to combat sexual offending and prevent sexual victimization. This brief, intermediate level continuing education course was developed using information from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking in order to provide an overview of the causes and origins of juvenile sexual offending and the pathways related to the development, onset, and maintenance of sexually abusive behavior in this population. Additionally, the effectiveness of treatment for juveniles who sexually offend and the factors that impact recidivism with this population are discussed.
1. Discuss the causes and origins of juvenile sexual offending and factors that impact the development, onset, and maintenance of sexually abusive behavior in this population.
2. Describe patterns of juvenile sex offenses based on types or categories of offenders or victims, and offense characteristics.
3. Summarize what is scientifically known about the effectiveness of treatment for juveniles who sexually offend.
4. Identify policy implications, knowledge gaps, and unresolved controversies that emerge from research findings pertaining to treatment of juvenile sex offenders.
5. Evaluate rates and patterns of recidivism for juveniles who commit sexual offenses.
6. Assess limitations of recent research regarding juvenile sex offending and determine future needs in this area.
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