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Treatment Providers’ Perspectives of the Consequences of Juvenile Registration and Notification  

Author:  Scott M.  Walfield.; Ryan T.  Shields, Ph.D..; Andrew J.  Harris.; Elizabeth J. Letourneau, Ph.D..

Source: Volume 16, Number 05, August/September 2015 , pp.65-68(4)

Sex Offender Law Report

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Many states have enacted legislation that applies adult sex offender registration and notification (SORN) policies to young offenders based largely on the assumption that youth who sexually offend are more similar to their adult counterparts than other types of juvenile offenders. This article summarizes and discusses the first phase of an ongoing study examining the collateral effects of subjecting youth to sex offender registration and notification.

Keywords: negative psychological effects; practical consequences; suicidal ideation; consequences extend to the family of a registered youth; Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers; recidivism rates; school-related problems

Affiliations:  1: University of Massachusetts Lowell; 2: Johns Hopkins University; 3: University of Massachusetts Lowell; 4: Johns Hopkins University.

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