Treatment of juveniles who sexually offend: An overview

Jill Efta-Breitbach, Kurt A. Freeman

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Juvenile sexual offending is increasingly being recognized as a serious crime among youth. The prevalence of sexual offending and sexual reoffending suggests that many juvenile sex offenders (JSOs) may repeat their offending behaviors if not treated. However, clinical trials evaluating specific interventions are virtually nonexistent. Instead, the literature on the treatment of JSOs is marked by discussions of strategies that are hypothesized to be beneficial, as well as descriptions of treatment programs that exist across the country. Further, while existing literature suggests that treatment for JSOs may deter future sexual offending behaviors, it is unclear which, if any, aspects of these treatments promote the development of positive behaviors. A discussion of existing treatment approaches, effectiveness, and treatment considerations follows.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-138
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Child Sexual Abuse
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - May 9 2005


  • Juvenile
  • Offender
  • Recidivism
  • Sexual
  • Treatment
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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