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Adolescent self-image as a mediator between childhood maltreatment and adult sexual offending

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  • Reckdenwald, Amy
  • Mancini, Christina
  • Beauregard, Eric

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The link between maltreatment and offending has been well established in the literature, with research examining the etiology of criminal behavior consistently documenting the negative effects of experiencing trauma early in life. Theoretically, ideas behind the cycle of violence hypothesis have greatly contributed to our understanding of this connection; however, there is a lack of understanding of the mechanisms underlying this relationship. We address this research gap by examining the mediating role that adolescent mental health, particularly self-image, plays in the relationship between child maltreatment and subsequent adult sex offending.

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  • Reckdenwald, Amy & Mancini, Christina & Beauregard, Eric, 2014. "Adolescent self-image as a mediator between childhood maltreatment and adult sexual offending," Journal of Criminal Justice, Elsevier, vol. 42(2), pages 85-94.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jcjust:v:42:y:2014:i:2:p:85-94
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2013.12.007
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