This comprehensive, practical resource provides specific strategies for counsellors working with boys and male adolescents from different cultural backgrounds. The first part examines how psychological, career and athletic development of boys is shaped by a complex interaction of biological, social, cultural and economic forces. TheSecond Part covers cultural considerations when counselling particular North American client groups, such as Hispanic-Americans. The final part focuses on special populations such as gay, sexually abused and developmentally disabled boys.

Chapter 13: Treating Adolescent Sex Offenders

Treating Adolescent Sex Offenders

Treating adolescent sex offenders

Adolescents who commit sexual offenses against younger children represent one of the largest growing groups of juvenile offenders in today's society, a society that has not held youths accountable for their sexual offending acts in the past (National Task Force on Juvenile Sexual Offending, 1988). In the past, boys who offended sexually were dismissed as simply experimenting or as suffering an adjustment reaction. In many cases, it was considered by the court to be simply a matter of “boys will be boys,” reflecting a gender stereotyping of sexual behavior. Implicit in this explanation is an assumption of a gender role definition that includes aggressive sexual behavior. Although it may be argued that this is not an attitude that ...

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