Article

Exploring the personal and social context of female youth sex offenders

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 27, issue 5, 2017, pages: 452–454
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2017.1379658
Author(s): Johan PrinslooDepartment of Criminology & Security Science, South Africa, Gloria da CostaDepartment of Criminology & Security Science, South Africa

Abstract

This study explored the personal and social context of young female sex offenders, probing their risk profiles for prospective treatment interventions. A convenience sample of eight young South African female sexual offenders participated in the study (black = 88%, Indian = 12%, age range = 14–20 years). They completed semi-structured interviews on their perceptions of the influences to commit a sexual offence. The data were thematically analysed. Emergent themes on factors associated with sexual offending included: peer influence, poor child monitoring, parental neglect, unproductive sexual health education, as well as insight into the participants’ maladaptive beliefs and distorted thinking.

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