What is it about?
Community management of problematic sexual behavior in youth is challenging and complex. This study investigates urban and rural community policies for youth with problematic sexual behavior. Our team analyzed interviews with 219 professionals from throughout the United States to document what policies exist, and what is needed to improve policies for youth with problematic sexual behavior. This paper advocates for policy reform, collaborative multidisciplinary teams, and community outreach and education to address problematic sexual behavior in youth.
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Why is it important?
Our findings show that there are limited community-based policies in place to support youth with problematic sexual behavior. This is important because without policies, youth with problematic sexual behavior are labeled, discriminated against, and do not receive evidence based treatment. This paper highlights the context of existing service systems, attitudes and perceptions of policies that impact services, and policy reform and current practices related to youth with problematic sexual behavior.
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This page is a summary of: A qualitative investigation of policy for youth with problematic sexual behavior, Journal of Community Psychology, April 2019, Wiley,
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