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Parental and Peer Attachment Characteristics Differentiating Between Youth Sexual and Non-Sexual Offenders and Associations With Sexual Offense Profiles

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dc.contributor.author Yoder, J. R., Leibowitz, G. S., & Peterson, L.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-14T15:50:57Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-14T15:50:57Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Yoder, J. R., Leibowitz, G. S., & Peterson, L. Parental and Peer Attachment Characteristics Differentiating Between Youth Sexual and Non-Sexual Offenders and Associations With Sexual Offense Profiles. Journal of interpersonal violence, [at press] (2016), 21 p en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jamie_Yoder/publication/294421407_Parental_and_Peer_Attachment_Characteristics_Differentiating_Between_Youth_Sexual_and_Non-Sexual_Offenders_and_Associations_With_Sexual_Offense_Profiles/links/5744802b08aea45ee8535186.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/2997
dc.description.abstract Attachment deficits have been suggested as an etiological explanation underlying the development of sexually abusive behaviors and general delinquency among youth. Yet, few researchers have explored the discriminating functions of attachment characteristics or investigated attachments as a stand-alone risk/protective factor explaining offending profiles among youth sexual offenders. This article explored the differences in characteristics of parental and peer attachments between youth sexual (n = 355) and non-sexual offenders (n = 150). Furthermore, associations between family and peer attachments and criminal profiles of sexual offenders were tested. The t-test results revealed that the groups of youth differed on various mother and father attachment characteristics, with youth sexual offenders exhibiting greater deficits. Regression models revealed lower levels of mother and peer trust and communication were associated with more severe sexual offenses; low levels of mother trust were associated with more victims; and low levels of mother trust and high father alienation were associated with more non-sexual criminality. Practice implications suggest the need to amalgamate families more consistently into treatment and addressing peer dynamics within groups and community contexts. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Interpersonal Violence en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject minors en_US
dc.subject perpetrators en_US
dc.subject parenting en_US
dc.subject research en_US
dc.title Parental and Peer Attachment Characteristics Differentiating Between Youth Sexual and Non-Sexual Offenders and Associations With Sexual Offense Profiles en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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