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We report on findings from a study into differences in personality and background characteristics between juvenile sex offenders who commit their sex offenses on their own and those who do so in a group. Solo offenders were found to score significantly higher on neuroticism, impulsivity and sensation seeking, but scored lower on sociability. In addition, the solo offenders in the sample were more often recidivists for sexual offenses, and were more often themselves a victim of a sexual offense. Solo offenders were significantly older than juveniles who had committed a sexual offense with a group. On the basis of these results we recommend differential treatment for the two types of offenders.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, Free University Department of Penal Law and Criminology 2300 AT PO Box 792 Amsterdam 2: de WAAG Ambulant Center for Forensic Psychiatry, FORA Center for Ambulant Youth Care Leiden 2300 AE PO Box 216 Leiden

Publication date: 2003-01-01

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