Date of Award

Summer 1994

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

James Nolan

Committee Member

Otto Sampson

Committee Member

Helen Eigenberg

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62C53


Research has directed little attention toward understanding and dealing with the adolescent sexual offender. In an effort to understand what makes adolescent sexual offenders different from other delinquents. I will examine the victimization experiences (sexual abuse and physical abuse) and the family dynamics (family violence, family incarceration and family structure) of both adolescent sexual offenders and nonsexual offenders. The research question is: what factors contribute to each group of delinquency the most? Although all of the factors influence delinquency, victimization is expected to be the most influential. This study utilized data from The Survey of Youth in Custody, 1987; a national representative sample of children in custody in the United States. Frequency distributions and crosstabular analysis and was utilized to determine which variables are related to delinquency.


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