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dc.contributor.authorHarris, Danielle A.
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-09T04:46:27Z
dc.date.available2018-11-09T04:46:27Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.issn0306-624X
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0306624X12448649
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/172556
dc.description.abstractSexual abuse research suggests that sexual offending is usually preceded by nonsexual offending, but little else is known or understood about the specific kinds of nonsexual crimes or patterns of crime that occur before serious sexual offending. The present study examined the official criminal histories of 751 men convicted of sexual offenses and referred to the Massachusetts Treatment Center for civil commitment. This relatively serious and chronic sample was arranged and compared with the type of their first officially recorded offense. Those whose first official charge was for a sexual offense (“sexual onset”) were compared with nonsexual “violent onset” and “property onset” offenders. Important differences were detected between groups. Those with a property onset experienced more criminological risk factors and reflected the characteristics typical of chronic offenders. These results indicate that a more dedicated understanding of the beginning of one’s criminal career is a beneficial direction for future study.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherSage
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1226
dc.relation.ispartofpageto1247
dc.relation.ispartofissue10
dc.relation.ispartofjournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
dc.relation.ispartofvolume57
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCauses and Prevention of Crime
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCriminology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLaw
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode160201
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1602
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1701
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1801
dc.titleAge and type of onset of offending: Results from a sample of male sexual offenders referred for civil commitment
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
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gro.griffith.authorHarris, Danielle A.


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