Master of Arts in Psychology
First Committee Member
Christopher Heavey, Chair
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
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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.
Child sex offenders – Rehabilitation; Families; Family counseling; Parenting; Psychology; Teenage sex offenders – Rehabilitation
Child Psychology | Family, Life Course, and Society | Gender and Sexuality | Place and Environment | Psychology
Turner, Dio Kevin II, "Challenges in Researching the Relationship Between Delinquency and Family Dynamics in Juvenile Sex Offenders" (2011). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1315.