Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Hansen, F. C.


Social Work.




This research project explored the problem behavior of male adolescents who have sexually molested children. The major findings of this study were: (a) The adolescent perpetrators identified by the Children's Aid Society were not representative of the populations described in the literature; (b) a third of the abusers were in babysitting roles, while the others were involved with younger siblings, a relative, or children in the neighbourhood; (c) the subjects were lacking in empathy and remorse for the victims, understanding of and responsibility for the criminal aspects of their behavior, and any insight into the motivation for their actions, (d) only one-fifth of the subjects were themselves molested as children, (e) almost all of the subjects reported no significant problems with their own families, and (f) most of the subjects and their families were supportive of some form of therapeutic intervention. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1989 .K886. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-03, page: 0562. Chairperson: F. C. Hansen. Thesis (M.S.W.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1989.