Juvenile Treatment and Recidivism
Peter Christian & Brian Maass, web-article, May 9, 2010
Statistics about juvenile sex offender treatment
It is widely accepted by experts in the field that juvenile sex offenders are more likely, and open, to rehabilitation than adult sex offenders.
I have been studying sex offender reports and data for several years now, and while I do not concentrate on juvenile sex offenders specifically, I've not come across solid studies showing juveniles are more likely to respond successfully to treatment than are adults. It is precisely that I had not come across such a study in the past that my interest was peaked when I heard about a report.
As with studies about recidivism of the general population of sex offenders, studies of juvenile treatment success rates vary quite substantially. Very few studies explicitly compare success rates of treatment of juveniles to that of the adult population.
But a quick comparison of recidivism studies of treated youth versus recidivism of the general sex offender population (all ages) shows the effect of treatment to have similar results on both groups.
Juvenile Sex Offenders: Research Findings and
Then from a study from Florida, Sex Offender Task Force Report, we have:
Note how close this rate of recidivism is to the rate for the general
were rearrested for a new sex crime (table 22). Not all of the new sex crimes were against children.”
The from the USDOJ Center of Sex Offender Management we find:
over a four to five year period. ”
[* An explanation is written in "About Recidivism; a meta-analysis reviewed"; by Frans E J Gieles PhD" in Ipce's Newsletter # 6, July 1999 - Ipce]