Young boys who commit serious sexual offenses: demographics, psychometrics, and
J. A. Shaw, A. E. Campo-Bowen, B. Applegate, D. Perez, L. B. Antoine, E. L. Hart, B.
B. Lahey, R. J. Testa and A. Devaney,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
21(4): 399-408, 1993.
This study reports on a population of early adolescent male sexual offenders 9 to 14 years of age
compared with a clinic control group matched for age, sex, ethnic status, and the presence of a
DSM-III-R conduct disorder. The sex offenders were found to exhibit a significant history of
nonsexual antisocial behavior, physical and sexual abuse, and psychiatric comorbidity. The two
groups did not differ in number and category of comorbid psychiatric diagnoses, the number of
nonsexual aggressive and nonaggressive symptoms of conduct disorder, symptoms of major
depressive disorder or dysthymia, and symptoms of anxiety disorders. The EGTC group
demonstrated significantly lower mathematic achievement. There is evidence that sexual offending
behavior in this population is one aspect of a pattern of antisocial behavior. Sixty-five percent of the
index group had a history of early sexual victimization.