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Master of Science (MS)


Family, Consumer, and Human Development


D. Kim Openshaw


This study was broken into two sections, the first being a comprehensive meta-analysis describing a profile of the juvenile female who sexually offends. The second section was the collection of data of juvenile females who sexually offend in the State of Utah. After the data were collected, a profile was described and compared to that found in the Review of the Literature and a typology was presented.

Ecosystemic legacies were shown to be passed down from one generation to the next. The juveniles were found to come from highly chaotic homes, and subject to maltreatment. Diagnostically, they show symptoms of conduct disorder, substance use/abuse, as well as other risks. Social policy, and legal and therapeutic implications were presented from this typology.