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2002 Jordan Institute
for Families

Vol. 7, No. 2
May 2002

Two Subgroups of Juvenile Sex Offenders

The following table originally appeared in Understanding Juvenile Sexual Offending Behavior: Emerging Research, Treatment Approaches and Management Practices, by the Center for Sex Offender Management. For additional information on juvenile sex offenders, we suggest you visit this source at <>.

Two Subgroups of Juvenile Sex Offenders

Offend Against Peers or Adults
Offend Against Children
  • Predominantly assault females.
  • Assault mostly strangers or acquaintances.
  • Females victimized at slightly higher rates.
  • Nearly half assault at least one male.
  • Up to 40% of victims are either siblings or relatives.
Offense Patterns
  • More likely to commit offenses in conjunction with other criminal activity.
  • More likely to commit offenses in public areas.
  • Reliance on opportunity and guile, particularly when victim is a relative.
  • Trick child by using bribes or threatening loss of relationship.
Social and Criminal History
  • More likely to have histories of nonsexual criminal offenses.
  • Generally delinquent and conduct-disordered.
  • Deficits in self-esteem and social competency are common.
  • Often lack skills and attributes necessary for forming and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships.
Behavior Patterns
  • Display higher levels of aggression and violence.
  • More likely to use weapons and cause injuries to their victims.
  • Often display signs of depression.
  • Youths with severe personality and/or psychosexual disturbance may display high levels of aggression or violence.


Center for Sex Offender Management. (1999). Understanding juvenile sexual offending behavior. Silver Spring, MD: Author. Online at <>. Reprinted with permission.