Efficacy of Sexual Offender Treatment: Juvenile Sexual Offenders with Mental Health Diagnosis

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Efficacy of Sexual Offender Treatment: Juvenile Sexual Offenders with Mental Health Diagnosis Lynetric Rivers Liberty University Abstract Juvenile sex offending has been on the rise over the past ten years. Juvenile sex offenders are best described between the ages of 12 and 17 years old. It has often been thought the percentage of sexual disorders in relation to juvenile sex offenders have been low. It is very possible they have simply been misdiagnosed. Dr. Fong describes hypersexual behaviors being known by many names, such as sexual addiction and compulsive sexual behaviors. “More than a third of sex crimes against juveniles are committed by juveniles.” (“Juvenile sexual offenders,” 2013) This is according to research…show more content…
3. These occur in response to stressful life events. 4. Unsuccessful attempt to control or reduce the sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviors. 5. Engage in sexual behaviors without regard of risk for physical or emotional harm to self or others. 6. Clinically significant personal distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning due to sexual fantasies, urges, or behaviors. 7. These are not due to any physiological effects of drugs or medication. 8. The diagnosis should be accompanied by the specific type of sexual activity: masturbation, pornography, sexual behavior with consenting adults, cybersex, telephone sex, strip clubs, other.” (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). When scrutinizing the criteria it also noteworthy clinically these juvenile sex offenders can also fall under Paraphilia-Related Disorders (PRD) which has been reported as having uncontrollable pornography and masturbation. According to Kafka he purports, “The commonly reported PRD 's include compulsive masturbation, protracted promiscuity, pornography dependence, telephone or cybersex dependence, in severe sexual desire and compatibility.” (Kafka, 2003a, p. 443). It has been noted by the Justice Center statistically juvenile sex offenders do struggle greatly with excessive masturbation and pornography. These two pieces alone are not enough to meet the criteria for the diagnosis of Hypersexual Disorder however; it should alert the clinician

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