Award Date

12-2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Psychology

Department

Psychology

First Committee Member

Christopher Heavey, Chair

Second Committee Member

Marta Meana

Third Committee Member

Russell Hurlburt

Graduate Faculty Representative

Stephen Fife

Number of Pages

99

Abstract

Recently developed treatment approaches on juvenile sex offenders include the offenders and their families. These approaches have some empirical support; however, little research attempts to link family dynamics and child abuse with juvenile re-offending. This study attempted to examine the family dynamics from the juveniles’ perspective. The Family Assessment Measure (FAM-III), Parental Bonding Instrument (PBI), Self Reported Delinquency measure (SRD), and Childhood Trauma Questionnaire - Short Form (CTQ-SF) were used to assess family dynamics, parenting style, delinquency and childhood maltreatment, respectively. Problems with recruitment resulted in too few participants (N=6) to conduct meaningful statistical analyses. Participant responses suggested elevated impression management scale scores and likely underreporting of sexual and non-sexual delinquency. The challenges inherent in research on this population were explored in lieu of reporting statistical analyses that are likely to be misleading.

Keywords

Child sex offenders – Rehabilitation; Families; Family counseling; Parenting; Psychology; Teenage sex offenders – Rehabilitation

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Family, Life Course, and Society | Gender and Sexuality | Place and Environment | Psychology

Language

English