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Effects of Normalization on Self-Esteem and Loneliness in Juvenile Sex Offenders
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by Colleen E. Harden - Knox College
I examined the effect of exposure to normalizing data on the self-attitudes of juvenile
sex offenders (JSOs). I hypothesized that self-esteem levels would rise whereas
loneliness levels would drop in a sample of male JSOs (n = 17; age range = 14-
20) after completion of a normalizing intervention. Participants’ self-esteem and
loneliness was evaluated pre- and postintervention. Results showed a significant
increase in self-esteem and a significant decrease in loneliness, suggesting that the
use of normalizing interventions in sex-offense-specific treatment with JSOs may
help facilitate group therapy and increase self-esteem while decreasing loneliness
in an efficient manner.
Fall 2010 | Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research (Vol. 15, No. 3, p. 150), published by Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology (Chattanooga, TN). Copyright, 2010, Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology. All rights reserved.