Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Stephanie Felgoise, PhD, ABPP

First Advisor

David Festinger, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Donald Masey Psy.D.

Third Advisor

Jonathan Roberds, Psy.D.


The impact of rape and other sexual offenses represents a major problem in society and can lead to chronic and harmful physical, psychological, and social consequences. Juveniles (younger than 18 years old) account for 20% of sexual offense arrests in the United States, with 96% of reported cases committed by male perpetrators. Risk indicators and characteristics of juveniles who sexually offend include demographic factors (e.g., history of sexual abuse), personality factors (e.g., antisocial behavior), and below average intelligence and cognitive functioning. Treatment of problematic sexual behavior in juveniles varies in intensity, structure, and level of supervision, though research investigating unsuccessful treatment completion in juveniles is sparse and dated. The main goals of the current study were to identify factors that predict treatment success in residential treatment in this population. Overall, juveniles with higher general and verbal intelligence were more likely to complete residential treatment. Additionally, juveniles who were not reported victims of sexual abuse were more likely to complete residential treatment. Lastly, various demographic and historical variables predicted length of stay in treatment. Findings supported intelligence as a predictor of treatment completion in the current population, extending previous findings for the potential benefit of identifying and screening juveniles, as well as using adaptive approaches for treatment in the current population.