Older Individuals Convicted of Sexual Offenses: A Literature Review

Rebecca Crookes, Carlo Tramontano, Sarah Brown, Kate Walker, Hayley Wright

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    The population of older individuals convicted of sexual offenses (OSOs) is rapidly increasing. However, we have little understanding of their characteristics (e.g., demographic, psychological, individual, offense, and risk) and needs. To identify any similarities or differences that are unique to older individuals convicted of sexual offending, it is important to compare such characteristics across the adult lifespan. Therefore, the aim of this systematic review was to specify and synthesize the current knowledge of characteristics across the adult lifespan of the population of individuals convicted of sexual offenses. Five databases were searched and 10,680 results were screened, resulting in 100 studies included in the final review. The findings were grouped into four emergent themes: age of onset and prevalence; offender and offense characteristics; age and the risk of reoffending; and treatment. Implications of the findings from this review are discussed in relation to future research and clinical practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)341-371
    Number of pages31
    JournalSexual Abuse
    Issue number3
    Early online date26 Jun 2021
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

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    • aging
    • lifespan
    • sex offending


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