Mental Disorders and Treatment

ISSN: 2471-271X

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The Relationship between Attachment, Depression, and Anxiety in Juveniles with Sexual Behavior Problems


Merino C, Underwood LA, Crump Y and Williams C

The face of treatment for juvenile sex offending is changing, with a movement away from approaches based inforensic models toward more relational, holistic models. This movement has highlighted the importance of attachment experiences in the evaluation, assessment, and treatment of juveniles with sexual behavior problems (JSBPs) along with other important etiological factors, such as depression and anxiety. The current research utilized a correlational design to explore perceptions of attachment relationships, depression, and anxiety in a sample of incarcerated male JSBPs. Pearson product-moment correlation coefficients revealed several interesting relationships among the variables. By considering relationships between attachment and common etiological factors, clinicians may be better able to improve overall treatment outcome for youth and their communities.


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