Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Dr. Lou M. Beasley


The overall objective of this study was to identify and compare the characteristics of juvenile delinquents who commit sexual offenses with juvenile delinquents who commit offenses other than sexual offenses. To attain this objective, the following areas on juvenile offenders were studied: a) characteristics (b) family structure (c) family background (d) academic performance. A comparative research design was employed in this study. A questionnaire was designed specifically to collect data from the files of thirty-four residents who resided at the Atlanta Youth Development Center. A T-Test was used to test whether or not differences existed between these groups. Results indicated that overall, there were no significant differences between the two groups. This study was an attempt to describe juvenile sex offenders to determine if they differed from other juvenile offenders. The findings may aid in the development and implementation of services desperately needed for juvenile offenders and their families.

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