Criminal profiles of violent juvenile sex and violent non-sex offenders

A.Ph van Wijk, B.R.F. Mali, R.A.R. Bullens, R.R. Vermeiren

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Few studies have longitudinally investigated the criminal profiles of violent juvenile sex and violent juvenile non-sex offenders. To make up for this lack, this study used police records of juveniles to determine the nature of the criminal profiles of violent sex offenders (n = 226) and violent non-sex offenders (n = 4,130). All offenders committed their first offense in 1996 and were followed for 7 years. Results showed that violent sex offenders and violent non-sex offenders cannot be considered a homogeneous group because of different background characteristics and criminal profiles. Sex and violent offenses often constitute a small part of a broader criminal pattern. Further research is necessary to reveal in more detail the developmental and criminological patterns of violent and sexual delinquency. Treatment and intervention programs may benefit from this. © 2007 Sage Publications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1340-1355
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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