Residential treatment facility staff perception of juvenile sex offenders' culpability

With increased public attention to the problems of juvenile sexual offending, the need for a supportive role of residential staff members has become more prominent. Common characteristics associated with the problem of juvenile sex offending indicate that a compassionate and empathetic approach may have significant impact on residential treatment for juvenile sex offenders. The purpose of this study is to examine residential treatment staff perceptions towards juvenile sex offenders’ accountability for their offenses. A survey was conducted with staff members from a Northern California Residential Facility for juvenile sex offenders. Findings from the study indicate weak and moderate correlation between significant variables associated with juvenile sexual offending. Further research is warranted.