Recidivism and resilience in juvenile sexual offenders: An analysis of the literature

Jill Efta-Breitbach, Kurt Freeman

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The majority of research that exists studying juvenile sex offenders (JSOs) is dominated by the predilection that identifying risk factors associated with recidivism will benefit both the JSOs and treatment providers. Further, the majority of existing treatments are guided by research that has identified what makes JSOs more likely to reoffend. Absent from the majority of the literature is an examination of the strengths and positive characteristics demonstrated by JSOs that may prove useful in both reducing recidivism and increasing the likelihood of achieving positive outcomes (i.e., demonstrating resilience). Research examining known risk factors for sexual and nonsexual recidivism is described. Next, literature on resilience is reviewed, followed by a discussion of this literature in the context of treatment for JSOs. Finally, future directions of research are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIdentifying and Treating Youth Who Sexually Offend: Current Approaches, Techniques, and Research
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9780203051214
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Juveniles
  • Recidivism
  • Resilience
  • Sexual offending
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Psychology


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