Dandurand, L.M. (2003). Developmental antecedents in juveniles with sexual behavior problems. (Doctoral dissertation, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, 2003). Dissertation Abstracts International, 64 (4-B), 1896.
Abstract: Juvenile sexual behavior problems continue to be a growing area of concern. This study utilized archival data of juveniles with sexual behavior problems to identify a variety of developmental experiences that may contribute to these behaviors. Case files of 34 juveniles ages 5 to 17 referred for evaluation by the Department of Social Services (DSS) were examined. Variables including demographics, developmental difficulties, clinical descriptors of functioning, victimization histories, family functioning, and characteristics of sexual behavior were considered. Additionally, differences in developmental antecedents between juveniles who used physical force in the course of their deviant sexual behaviors and those who did not were explored. Differences in developmental antecedents between juveniles whose victims were within the family and those whose victims were outside of the family were explored. Findings indicate that, overall, this population has an elevated incidence of head injury; enuresis; encopresis; physical, sexual, and psychological abuse; neglect; and exposure to domestic violence when compared with the general population. Chi square analyses revealed that the variables related to use of force were: history of enuresis and history of arrest, adjudication, or placement in a penal setting (p < .05). Variables related to victimizing individuals outside of the family were: non-sexual behavior problems, sexual abuse history, exposure to family violence, caretaker instability, and interest in erotica or pornography (p < .05). Limitations of the current study were discussed. Directions for future study included (1) comparing this population to a matched sample of juveniles involved with DSS who do not have sexual behavior problems, (2) exploration of the interaction of the variables and how they contribute to the development of deviant sexual behavior, and (3) exploring if the age of the juvenile has an effect on the developmental antecedents that contribute to such behaviors. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)