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The Perversion of Youth: Controversies in the Assessment and Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders

Frank C. DiCataldo


Over the past two decades, concern about adolescent sex offenders has grown at an astonishing pace, garnering heated coverage in the media and providing fodder for television shows like Law and Order. Americans' reaction to such stories has prompted the unquestioned application to adolescents of harsh legal and clinical intervention strategies designed for serious adult offenders, with little attention being paid to the psychological maturity of the offender. Many strategies being used today to deal with juvenile sex offenders—and even to define what criteria to use in defining “juvenile sex o ... More

Keywords: adolescent sex offenders, intervention strategy, adult offenders, juvenile sex offenders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780814720011
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814720011.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank C. DiCataldo, author