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A Comparison of the Family Systems of Adolescent Sexual Offenders and Nonsexual Offending Delinquents

Gary P. Bischof, Sandra M. Stith and Stephan M. Wilson
Family Relations
Vol. 41, No. 3 (Jul., 1992), pp. 318-323
DOI: 10.2307/585197
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/585197
Page Count: 6
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A Comparison of the Family Systems of Adolescent Sexual Offenders and Nonsexual Offending Delinquents
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Abstract

While literature on adolescent sexual offenders has burgeoned over the last decade and families are often involved in treatment, little is known about the family systems of these offenders. Adolescents' perception of family adaptability and cohesion are assessed (using FACES-III) in an effort to identify whether and in what ways the family systems of adolescent sex offenders (n = 39) differ from violent juvenile delinquents (n = 25), nonviolent juvenile delinquents (n = 41), and from nonproblem families (normative data). The data reveal that families of sex offenders are characterized by greater family cohesion when compared with other delinquents, but sex offenders perceive their families as less cohesive than do members of nonproblem families. No significant differences between the groups were found for family adaptability. Implications for practice are offered.

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