Profiles of the parents of adolescent CSA perpetrators attending a voluntary outpatient treatment programme in Ireland

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Title: Profiles of the parents of adolescent CSA perpetrators attending a voluntary outpatient treatment programme in Ireland
Authors: Duane, Yvonne
Carr, Alan
Cherry, Joan
et al.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5289
Date: Jan-2003
Abstract: A group of 22 parents of adolescent sexual offenders (PASO) was compared with a group of 19 normal controls (NC) and 10 clinical controls (CC) on demographic, developmental, personal adjustment and family environment variables. The assessment protocol included the General Health Questionnaire –12, the Culture-Free Self-Esteem Inventory, the Child Behaviour Checklist, the Family Assessment Device, the Parent Satisfaction Scale, and the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support. Compared with clinical and normal controls, more parents in the PASO group reported that they had been arrested orcharged for a criminal offence; had personally experienced child abuse; and more of their adolescents had experienced child abuse, with emotional abuse being the most common form of abuse for both parents and adolescents. Compared with clinical and normal controls, more adolescents of parents in the PASO group had witnessed parental drug or alcohol abuse and had been placed in care outside their home. While parents in the PASO group did not differ from clinical or normal controls in terms of personal adjustment, their adolescents had significantly more internalizing behaviour problems than normal controls, whereas adolescents of parents in the clinical control group had significantly more externalizing behaviour problems than normal controls. Compared with normal controls, parents in both the PASO and clinical control groups reported more difficulties with general family functioning, roles, affective responsiveness, affective involvement and behaviour control and lower levels of parental satisfaction. But the groups did not differ significantly in their levels of perceived social support.
Funding Details: Other funder
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright (published version): John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Keywords: Child sexual abuse;Parents of adolescent perpetrators
DOI: 10.1002/car.776
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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