Victim Services and Underserved Populations. Adolescents Sister Maryann Lucy, OP. Goals. Developmental profile of adolescents High risk factors for adolescents Addressing victimization Males Females Early identification of chronic offenders. Developmental Profile. Adolescence:
Sister Maryann Lucy, OP
Teens are in progress from concrete logical operations to:
A movement from blanket acceptance of adult moral judgment to a development of personal values.
Teens are at risk for making unsound moral and ethical choices.
Social maturity often lags behind physical and intellectual development.
When interviewing victimized youth utilize a “global assessment” perspective.
Remember to take into account developmental stages, past and present stressors, physical health and relational style.
IF IN DOUBT, TEST IT OUT!
“Sexual abuse of boys appears to be common, under reported, under recognized and under treated” (Holmes & Slap, 1998)
“A boy is abused for every 2 to 4 girls abused. Those who work with RUNAWAYS, MALE CHILD PROSTITUTES OR INPATIENT MALES IN PSYCHIATRIC UNITS, are very likely to encounter abused boys” (Wathins, 1992)
ASSESS EXTERNALIZED BEHAVIORS:
50% of abused teens are diagnosed with PTSD. Of this 50% there is a higher rate of diagnosis for boys.
The aftermath of abuse of boys might be worse or more complex than for girls.
THEMES OF ABUSED MALES
Females report sexual abuse more often than males, but ARE MORE OFTEN BLAMED FOR THE SEXUAL ADVANCES OF A MALE OFFENDER EVEN WHEN A FEMALE VICTIM IS A YOUNG CHILD.
WATCH FOR INTERNALIZED BEHAVIORS
Adult peak criminal activity occurs between 18-26 years of age. (California Youth Authority)
Precipitated by serious and consistent conduct problems starting at early childhood
CALLOUS AND UNEMOTIONAL PROFILE
HIGH RISK FACTORS
DUAL DIAGNOSIS IN CHILDHOOD
TEST OUT FOR VALIDATION
Essentials of Forensic Psychological Assessment (Ackerman, Marc J., 1999)
Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles (Thomas Grisso, 1998)
THANK YOU! Marc J., 1999)