Document Title:
Introduction to Strengths-Based Alternatives for Mitigating Risk Factors in Youth

Publish Date:
November 2020

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The risk factors listed in the left-hand column below have been correlated with problematic and abusive behaviors (sexual and/or non-sexual) (Bonta & Andrews, 2017), which is why targeting these factors is an essential component in sex-offense-specific services. However, if services focus too much attention on risk factors (“what not to do” and “what is wrong with youth and families”) and focus too little attention on strengths and protective factors (“what to do” and “what is right with youth and families”), treatment engagement and effectiveness suffer.

Publication Type:
Policy Papers