Juvenile offending and adult criminal behaviour

Summary

Most of my work has centered around the so-called dark side of sexual behaviour, often referred to as sexual offending. I have published a number of studies examining the correlates of sexual offending during adolescence and adulthood. I have also examined in longitudinal data the criminal trajectories of youth and adults who have histories of sexual offenses. Much of my work has found that individuals who commit sexual crimes, like nonsexual offenders, have problems across a variety of individual and interpersonal domains of functioning (e.g., poor impulse control, deviant attitudes, high family conflict, low family cohesion, peer relationship problems, scholastic or occupational difficulties). Although my work has mostly centered around sexual offending, I am interested in other underserved populations. For example, I have conducted research on female juvenile offending and found that girls who commit violent crimes share a number of difficulties in common with girls who commit nonviolent crimes.

Publications

Ronis, S. T., & Borduin, C. M. (in press). Antisocial behavior trajectories of adolescents and emerging adults with histories of sexual aggression. Psychology of Violence. View

Borduin, C. M., & Ronis, S. T. (2012). Individual, family, peer, and academic characteristics of female violent juvenile offenders. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 10, 385-399. doi:10.1177/1541204012440108View

Knight, R. A., Ronis, S. T., & Zakireh, B. (2009). Bootstrapping persistence risk indicators for juveniles who sexually offend. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 27, 878-909. doi:10.1002/bsl.908 View

Zakireh, B., Ronis, S. T., & Knight, R. A. (2008). Individual beliefs, attitudes, and victimization histories of male juvenile sexual offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 20, 323-351. doi:10.1177/1079063208322424 View

Ronis, S. T., & Borduin, C. M. (2007). Individual, family, peer, and academic characteristics of male juvenile sexual offenders. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 35, 153-163. doi:10.1007/s10802-006-9058-3 View

Ronis, S. T., & Borduin, C. M. (2007). Are youths who commit sexual offenses really different from youths without histories of sexual offenses? The Forum, 19, 8-18.

Presentations

Ronis, S. T., & Borduin, C. M. (2010, September). Criminal behavior patterns of adolescents and young adults who have histories of sexual offenses. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders, Oslo, Norway.

Ronis, S. T., Knight, R. A., Prentky, R. A., & Kafka, M. P. (2010, June). The role of sexual motivation in sexually assaultive behaviour. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Ronis, S. T., Knight, R. A., & Zakireh, B. (2010, June). Bootstrapping persistence risk indicators for juveniles who sexually offend. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Ronis, S. T., & Borduin, C. M. (2009, November). Sexual offending in context: Understanding the ecology of youths who commit sexual crimes. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research: Research Day 2009, Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Ronis, S. T., & Borduin, C. M. (2009, April). Broad criminal behavior patterns and developmental characteristics of adolescent and young adult sexual offenders. Poster session presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, CO.

Graef, D. M., Sawyer, A. M., Ronis, S. T., & Borduin, C. M. (2008, May). Family functioning and adolescent delinquency in the context of neighborhoods among juvenile offenders participating in Multisystemic Therapy. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Ronis, S. T., & Borduin, C. M. (2007, March). Criminal behavior patterns of adolescents and young adults who have histories of sexual offenses. Poster session presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

Ronis, S. T., & Borduin, C. M. (2006, September). Developmental trajectories of adolescents and young adults who have histories of sexual offenses. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Chicago, IL.

Ronis, S. T., & Borduin, C. M. (2006, September). Individual, family, peer, and academic characteristics of male juvenile sexual offenders. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Chicago, IL.

Ronis, S. T., & Borduin, C. M. (2006, May). Individual, family, peer, and academic characteristics of young female sexual offenders. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Psychological Science, New York, NY.

Ronis, S. T., Borduin, C. M., Damashek, A. L., & †Srikanta, A. M. (2005, April). Individual, family, peer, and academic characteristics of female adolescent assaultive and nonassaultive offenders. Poster session presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

Ronis, S. T., Parra, G. R., & Borduin, C. M. (2005, April). Investigation of the conceptual distinction between risk and resource factors for youth psychopathology. Poster session presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

Ronis, S. T. (2003, August). Are juvenile sex offenders different from other juvenile offenders?. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario.

Ronis, S. T., & Borduin, C. M. (2003, April). Individual, family, peer, and academic characteristics of adolescent sexual offenders. Poster session presented at the bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, FL.

Chapnick, H. R., Borduin, C. M., & Ronis, S. T. (2001, May). Family characteristics of adolescent violent and nonviolent sexual offenders. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

McAuliffe, W. E., LaBrie, R., Woodworth, R., & Ronis, S. (1998, November). Estimating the need and demand for treatment of marijuana abuse and dependence at a statewide level. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C.

Media

Winter 2009 The Free Lance-Star, newspaper, Fredericksburg, VA
Fall 2004 Columbia Missourian, newspaper, Columbia, MO
Fall 2003 The Columbia Tribune, newspaper, Columbia, MO
Juvenile Sex Offenders Require Comprehensive Treatment, Study Finds View