Juvenile Sex Offender Research
    Bibliography Background

May, 1999

Compiled By:

Kimberly S. Craig, M. A.
University of Illinois at Springfield

Cindy J. Smith, Ph.D.
University of Baltimore

Barbara Hayler, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Springfield

P. Lynn Pardie, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Springfield

Prepared under Grant No. 98-JN-FX-0006 from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U. S. Department of Justice.

A juvenile sex offender typology: feasibility study of file data collection (Grant No. 98-JN-FX-0006). Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U. S. Department of Justice.


The authors compiled a bibliography of literature on juvenile male and female sex offenders, and general child growth and development. Because limited information is available on juvenile female sex offenders, the bibliography also includes literature on adult female sex offenders. A comprehensive literature search, which began in the Spring, 1998 and continued through April, 1999, resulted in the collection of 517 bibliographic entries (417 juvenile sex offender entries and 100 general growth and development entries).

Potential juvenile sex offender bibliographic entries were identified through a number of on-line computer searches using the term sex offender(s) combined with the following search terms: adolescent, boy, child, female, girl, juvenile, male, teen, teenage, young, youth and youthful. Relevant materials were also identified through references used in existing publications.

The following multidisciplinary computerized databases were searched in the Spring and Fall of 1998 for relevant articles, books, and reports: Applied Science and Technology, Article 1st, CARL Uncover, CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature), Contemporary Women's Issues, ERIC, Criminal Justice Abstracts, Expanded Academic ASAP, FirstSearch, General Science Abstracts, GPO Access (MOCAT), Health Reference Center, Humanities Abstracts, Illinet Online, LegalTrac, Lexis Academic Universe, LEXIS/NEXIS, Library Literature, MedLine, National Criminal Justice Database, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service), Periodical Abstracts, Psych INFO, Reader's Guide Abstracts, Social Science Abstracts, Wilson, and World Cat.

The usefulness of a bibliography is grounded in the availability of the materials. Materials identified through the computerized searches were collected. If the materials were unavailable through library loan, they were omitted from the bibliography. Each article, book, book chapter, and report was reviewed to determine its applicability to juvenile sexual offending or female adult sexual offending. Materials collected for the bibliography that did not discuss topics relevant to our purposes were deleted from the collection.

Collected materials were reviewed and divided into seven major categories by the research team. Categories were further subdivided into individual sections as appropriate.

A separate representative collection of articles focusing on child growth and development was identified by the psychologist on the research team. This collection, which includes materials relevant to cognitive and moral development, and emotional and behavioral control, are included in a separate categorical bibliography. The growth and development literature was kept separate from the alphabetical bibliography to allow the user to distinguish between sex offender and developmental literature.

It should also be noted that a limited number of readily available masters theses and doctoral dissertations were collected for inclusion in this bibliography. If you are the author of a publication, thesis, or dissertation that does not appear in this bibliography, please provide us with a full copy of the publication and the process by which other users may obtain copies, and we will be happy to add it to our collection. In addition, if you are the author of a publication that is incorrectly cited in our bibliography, please pardon our error and provide us with a corrected citation and we will make the appropriate corrections.

Cindy J. Smith, Ph.D.
University of Baltimore
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