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Criminal careers of juvenile sex offenders

It is often thought that sex offenders are chronic offenders, who are specialised in sexual offences. In particular, it is assumed that people who start to commit sexual offences at a young age have a sexual or psychological abnormality that causes them to continue sexual offending for a long time. In a certain sense sex offenders are seen as ‘incurable’. In recent years, a growing amount of research from both the Netherlands and abroad has been focused on the criminal careers of juvenile sex offenders. The outcomes of these studies are important for making policy and legislation evidence-based, meaning based on the best available information regarding effectiveness and efficiency.

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About dr. Chantal van den Berg


Chantal van den Berg is a fellow of the Life-course Cluster.
Her research interest is sexual offending studied from a developmental life-course perspective. This is in line with her PhD research conducted at the NSCR and the VU University Amsterdam. In her dissertation: ‘From Boys to Men: Explaining Juvenile Sex Offenders’ Criminal Careers’, she studied the long term criminal careers of juvenile sex offenders and their transition into adulthood, in terms of labor market outcomes, romantic relationships and parenthood. She received her PhD in September 2015.

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