Profile of incarcerated juveniles: comparison of male and female offenders.JUVENILE JUSTICE
It is becoming increasingly important to understand the characteristics of juvenile offenders in order to decrease and prevent juvenile delinquency juvenile delinquency, legal term for behavior of children and adolescents that in adults would be judged criminal under law. In the United States, definitions and age limits of juveniles vary, the maximum age being set at 14 years in some states and as high as 21 (Jenson, Potter, & Howard, 2001; Snyder & Sickmund, 2006). According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. FBI 2004 arrest statistics, juveniles committed 15.5% of violent crimes and 27.5% of property crimes (Puzzanchera, Adams, Snyder, & Kang, 2006). In 2002, juvenile offenders were involved in 8% of all murders, and the data surrounding violent juvenile crime indicates a recent escalating trend (Snyder & Sickmund, 2006). These statistics provide a small sample of the evidence that juvenile crime is a complicated and important issue and that methods must be developed to prevent juveniles from or continuing their offending behavior into adulthood.
Many researchers believe there is a strong link between juvenile delinquency, mental health problems, and traumatic experiences (Baer & Maschi, 2003; Cauffman, Feldman, Waterman, & Steiner, 1998; Dixon, Howie, & Starling starling, any of a group of originally Old World birds that have become distributed worldwide. Starlings were brought to New York in 1890; since then the common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) has spread throughout North America. , 2004; Ritakallio, Kaltiala-Heino, Kivivuori, Luukkaala, & Rimpela, 2006). Social cognitive functioning in seriously delinquent youth is often deficient due to trauma experienced early in childhood and adolescence. The most serious offenders enter the juvenile justice system with histories that include physical and sexual abuse, witnessing violent acts, parental substance abuse and neglect, and numerous mental health, developmental, and emotional issues (Baer & Maschi, 2003; Dixon, Howie, & Starling, 2005; Jenson et al., 2001).
Snyder and Sickmund (2006) revealed that a significantly large number of juveniles reported assaulting someone with the intention of inflicting serious harm. Others display such behaviors as running away from home, selling drugs, or stealing something worth more than $50. In addition, juveniles with foster care experience and other negative home environments are significantly more likely to engage in delinquent activities earlier than are juvenile offenders without such backgrounds (Alitucker, Bullis, Close, & Yovanoff, 2006; Caldwell, Beutler, Sturges, & Silver, 2006; Leve & Chamberlain, 2004).
Negative experiences during childhood and early adolescence are not the only factors that appear to be linked to juvenile delinquency. A number of studies show that delinquency is related to depression; between 10% and 30% of incarcerated incarcerated /in·car·cer·at·ed/ (in-kahr´ser-at?ed) imprisoned; constricted; subjected to incarceration.
Confined or trapped, as a hernia. juveniles portray symptoms of major depression (Caufmann et al., 1998; Leve & Chamberlain, 2004; Ritakallio et al., 2006). High rates of drug and other substance abuse were reported in several samples of incarcerated youth (Brook, Whiteman, Finch, & Cohen cohen
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Additionally, some incarcerated adolescents and young adults display personality characteristics associated with some types of conduct disorder Conduct Disorder Definition
Conduct disorder (CD) is a behavioral and emotional disorder of childhood and adolescence. Children with conduct disorder act inappropriately, infringe on the rights of others, and violate the behavioral expectations of including antisocial antisocial /an·ti·so·cial/ (-so´sh'l)
1. denoting behavior that violates the rights of others, societal mores, or the law.
2. denoting the specific personality traits seen in antisocial personality disorder. behavior, poor impulse control impulse control Psychology The degree to which a person can control the desire for immediate gratification or other; IC may be the single most important indicator of a person's future adaptation in terms of number of friends, school performance and future , unexpressed emotions, and little remorse. These individuals are more likely to commit violent crimes (Loper lope
intr.v. loped, lop·ing, lopes
To run or ride with a steady, easy gait.
A steady, easy gait.
[Middle English lopen, to leap, from Old Norse , Hoffschmidt, & Ash, 2001). School failure is also associated with juvenile delinquency (Jenson et al., 2001; Mann & Reynolds, 2006).
Male Juvenile Offenders
Many factors are believed to lead male juveniles down the path to delinquency. Statistics show that ethnic and racial minority youths are twice as likely to commit violent acts as white male youths (Jensen et al., 2001; Maschi, 2006). Trauma is listed as a consistent factor related to male juvenile delinquency (Dixon et al., 2005; Lenssen et al., 2002; Maschi, 2006). Stressful life events often lead male juveniles to engage in violent offending (Caufmann et al., 1998; Maschi, 2006). Over 50% of male victims of child maltreatment child maltreatment '…intentional harm or threat of harm to a child by someone acting in the role of a caretaker, for even a short time…Categories Physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect…', the last being most common. become serious juvenile offenders before the age of 12 (Maschi, 2006; Alitucker et al., 2006).
Traumatic experiences can lead to psychopathology psychopathology /psy·cho·pa·thol·o·gy/ (-pah-thol´ah-je)
1. the branch of medicine dealing with the causes and processes of mental disorders.
2. abnormal, maladaptive behavior or mental activity. and depression in male adolescents, and research indicates that mental health problems and depression can be associated with repeated delinquency (Caufmann et al., 1998; Maschi, 2006; Ritakallio et al., 2006). In some categories of delinquent acts studied (violence, vandalism, and shoplifting Ask a Lawyer
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Family factors related to under-socialization such as single-parent families and stepfamilies, separation from a biological parent, and stressed parent-child relationships place children with these family experiences at high risk for engaging in delinquent acts (Coughlin & Vuchinich, 1996). These researchers examined 194 families with at least one male child and discovered that children in single-mother families and stepfamilies are more than twice as likely to be arrested by age 14 than children living with two biological parents. Correspondingly, parental imprisonment Imprisonment
See also Isolation.
former federal maximum security penitentiary, near San Francisco; “escapeproof.” [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 218]
German prison ship in World War II. [Br. Hist. predicts anti-social and delinquent behaviors in male juveniles and continues to impact the adolescent through adulthood (Murray & Farrington, 2005).
Parker, Morton, Lingeleft, and Johnson (2005) examined a group of 132 incarcerated males and found that violent offenses are predicted by poor anger control, low self-esteem, high levels of anxiety, and difficulty controlling impulses and emotions. The authors also propose that prior nonviolent offending is a predictor of serious nonviolent offending. In another study, Moffitt, Lynam, and Silva (1994) administered a battery of assessments to male juvenile offenders, reporting that neuropsychological neu·ro·psy·chol·o·gy
The branch of psychology that deals with the relationship between the nervous system, especially the brain, and cerebral or mental functions such as language, memory, and perception. status predicts male offending before age 13 and continues into adulthood. Neuropsychological status was not found to predict delinquency started after age 13.
Several studies have explored neighborhood factors and serious male juvenile offending (Stouthamer-Loeber, Loeber, Wei, Farrington, & Wikstrom, 2002). One study examined the link between juvenile delinquency and neighborhood socioeconomic context and other various neighborhood characteristics and found that serious delinquency is more concentrated in low SES neighborhoods; forty-one percent of this sample were persistent serious delinquents (Stouthamer et al., 2002).
Female Juvenile Offenders
While much of the research on juvenile delinquency has centered on male juvenile offenders, female delinquency rates are increasing and there is a trend toward crimes that are more serious (Goldstein, Arnold, Weil, Mesiarik, Peuschold, Grissom, & Osamin, 2003; Dixon et al., 2004; Kaker, Freidmann, & Peck, 2002; Jensen et al., 2001). Male juvenile offenders are arrested more than females; however, adolescent female crime rates are increasing at a much greater rate (Hoyt & Scherer, 1998). Until recently, research on female delinquency was rare as compared to male delinquency and is often biased and inadequate, focusing primarily on Caucasian female offenders while eliminating populations and certain kinds of family structures (Hoyt & Scherer, 1998). Reports of female juvenile delinquents suggest that most are "poor, undereducated minority females who have complex histories of trauma and substance abuse (Cauffman et al., 1998; Kakar et al., 2002). The majority of female juvenile offenders have low academic achievement and self-esteem, and little hope for the future (Mullis, Cornille, Mullis, & Huber, 2004).
New studies have found childhood experiences and familial factors such as biological parent criminality and parental transitions as predictors of female juvenile offending (Leve & Chamberlain, 2004; Alitucker et al., 2006). Early unwanted pregnancy unwanted pregnancy Obstetrics A pregnancy that is not desired by one or both biologic parents. See Teen pregnancy. and antisocial behavior have also been associated with female juvenile offending (Jenson et al., 2001). Female juvenile offenders are also offending at increasingly younger ages. According to Mullis et al. (2004), when a delinquent begins offending at a young age, the offenses ultimately worsen and become more frequent.
Similar to male juveniles, prevalent in various studies of incarcerated female juveniles were histories of physical and sexual abuse, and child maltreatment (Leve & Chamberlain, 2004). Vandiver and Teske's (2006) study of female juvenile sex offenders revealed that many have been victims of both physical and sexual abuse.
High rates of depression, anxiety, mood disorder mood disorder
Any of a group of psychiatric disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder, characterized by a pervasive disturbance of mood that is not caused by an organic abnormality. Also called affective disorder. , and suicidal ideation suicidal ideation Suicidality Psychiatry Mental thoughts and images which hinge around committing suicide. See Suicide. are also apparent among this population (Goldstein et al., 2003; Mullis et al., 2004; Kakar et al., 2002). Dixon et al. (2004), found mental health status to be a leading factor related to female juvenile offending, with 83% of their sample meeting criteria for as many as eight psychiatric diagnoses, they also report that female juvenile delinquents have high rates of conduct disorder, anxiety, and depression. In another study, depressed females were three times more likely to commit delinquent acts than were non-depressed female juveniles (Ritakallio et al., 2006).
Comparison of Male and Female Offenders
It is important to recognize the differences in male and female juvenile offenders because identifying these differences produce more effective treatment plans. Male juvenile offenders commit more serious offenses and offend more frequently than female juvenile offenders (Lenssen, Doreleijers, van Dijk van Dijk can refer to:
Jenson et al. (2001) verify that female juvenile offenders are more likely to have histories of abuse compared to male juvenile offenders with 85% experiencing physical abuse and 61% experiencing sexual abuse. Additionally, incarcerated females attempt suicide more frequently. The authors also noted that 84% of females report mental health symptoms compared to 27% of males. In a study evaluating the emotional reactivity and empathy/guilt of incarcerated youth, Loper, Hoffschmidt, and Ash (2001) reported no gender differences for these characteristics. However, the authors did find that female juvenile offenders were more likely to show concern about childhood abuse, signs of eating disorders, and feelings of insecurity among peers.
Exposure to trauma and trauma-related psychopathology occur regularly during adolescence for both male and female juvenile offenders (Dixon et al., 2005). Family structure tends to be an explanatory factor as well in determining juvenile delinquency for both male and female adolescents (Dixon et al., 2005; Kakar et al., 2002). However, the effect of trauma may be more detrimental to female adolescents than to males. One study reported a 67% incidence rate of posttraumatic stress disorder Posttraumatic stress disorder
An anxiety disorder in some individuals who have experienced an event that poses a direct threat to the individual's or another person's life. (PTSD PTSD posttraumatic stress disorder.
posttraumatic stress disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ) in female offenders compared to less than 30% in male offenders (Dixon et al., 2005). Other studies support the findings that female juvenile offenders exhibit considerably more mental health problems than do male juvenile offenders with an 84% female prevalence rate of mental disorders in one study and 87% in another.
Juvenile sexual offenders are increasing and both females and males have similar psychological symptoms, delinquency history, and physical and sexual victimization victimization Social medicine The abuse of the disenfranchised–eg, those underage, elderly, ♀, mentally retarded, illegal aliens, or other, by coercing them into illegal activities–eg, drug trade, pornography, prostitution. . However, female and male juvenile sex offenders do differ in age, with the age of the first offender first offender
One convicted of a legal offense for the first time.
a person convicted of a criminal offence for the first time
Noun 1. act of females around 14.9 years and males at 13.2 years. In addition, females were found to engage in significantly higher drug use and promiscuity Promiscuity
See also Profligacy.
constantly flits from one girl to another. [Aust. Drama: Schnitzler Anatol in Benét, 33]
promiscuous goddess of sensual love. [Gk. Myth. compared to males (Vandiver & Teske, 2006).
Childhood aggression may lead both female and male juvenile offenders to commit delinquent acts (Brook et al., 1996). However, Lenssen et al. (2000) offer an explanation of the differences in offending by noting that they may be due to the ways each express aggression. Aggression tends to peak earlier with girls than boys; girls are less physically aggressive and are more likely to use social manipulation and isolation than resorting to violent acts (Lenssen et al., 2000).
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
The purpose of this study was to determine the characteristics of adolescent juvenile offenders. This research explored the question of whether, and to what extent, the juvenile offender can be identified before participating in criminal activities. More specifically, the focus was on identifying common characteristics among current juvenile offenders in the following areas: family background, individual goals and achievements, childhood trauma experiences, use of alcohol, drugs, and other substance, frequency and types of offenses. Obtaining a clear profile of offenders may help determine the best practices for treatment and prevention.
The study sample consisted of incarcerated youths from a juvenile detention center A detention center or a detention centre is any location used for detention. Specifically, it can mean:
The tenth grade is the tenth school year after kindergarten and is called Grade 10 in some regions. Students are usually 15–16 years old. . Only 10 of the participants had officially dropped out of school.
The age range of the participants was from 10-16 years with the mean age of 14.6 years. A comprehensive discussion of the differences between the male and female participants is shown in Table 1.
Instrumentation and Procedures
The Trauma Symptom Checklist Symptom Checklist SCL-90R Psychology An instrument that assess 9 domains of psychiatric Sx–anxiety, depression, hostility, interpersonal sensitivity, obsessive-compulsiveness, paranoid ideation, phobic anxiety, pychoticism, somatization for Children (TSCC TSCC Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children
TSCC Twin Swirl Combustion Chamber (Suzuki motorcycle engine technology of the 1960s; 4-stroke)
TSCC Toxic Substances Coordinating Committee
TSCC Transportation Security Coordination Center ) was administered at the intake interview. Seven crime categories were identified and the frequency determined for female and male subjects (Table 2). The intake interview also consisted of the following questions: Have you ever been physically abused? Have you ever been sexually abused? Have you ever physically abused another person? Have you ever sexually abused another person? (Table 3.)
Table 4 shows the frequencies of participants wanting to abuse themselves or others.
The Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (Briere, 1996) is a self-report measure of posttraumatic posttraumatic /posttrau·mat·ic/ (post?traw-mat´ik) occurring as a result of or after injury.
Following or resulting from injury or trauma. stress and related psychological symptomatology symptomatology /symp·to·ma·tol·o·gy/ (simp?to-mah-tol´ah-je)
1. the branch of medicine dealing with symptoms.
2. the combined symptoms of a disease.
n. in children ages 8-16 years who have experienced traumatic events (e.g., physical or sexual abuse, major loss, natural disaster, or witness violence).
The 54-item checklist includes two validity scales (Underresponse and Hyperresponse), six clinical scales (Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Posttraumatic Stress, Dissociation dissociation, in chemistry, separation of a substance into atoms or ions. Thermal dissociation occurs at high temperatures. For example, hydrogen molecules (H2 , and Sexual Concerns), and eight critical items. These six scales assess various psychological impacts of conflicts. The raw scores for each scale are converted to a corresponding T score. The T scores determine whether a test can be used (Underresponse and Hyperresponse) and if clinical scales are elevated, the extent to which the child endorsed trauma-related symptoms (Briere & Smith, 1996; Elliot & Briere, 1994; Lanktree & Briere, 1995; Crouch, Smith, Ezzell, & Saunders, 1999; Sadowski & Friederich, 2000).
The TSCC scales are internally consistent (alphas range from .77 to .89 in the standardization sample) and exhibit reasonable convergent, discriminate, and predictive validity In psychometrics, predictive validity is the extent to which a scale predicts scores on some criterion measure.
For example, the validity of a cognitive test for job performance is the correlation between test scores and, for example, supervisor performance ratings. in normative and clinical samples. The TSCC was standardized on a group of over 3,000 inner-city urban and suburban children and adolescents from the general population. Data from trauma and child abuse centers are also provided.
Results of the TSCC. The terms Underresponse and Hyperresponse are used to describe the validity of the test. Sometimes instead of refusing to take the test, a child will indiscriminately mark 0s or 3s on items that usually do not receive an answer of Never or Almost All the Time. If an individual receives a T score of 70 or higher for the Underresponse scale, the test is considered invalid. If an individual receives a T score of 90 or higher for the Hyperresponse scale, the test is also considered invalid. Table 5 describes the frequency of invalid tests due to Underresponse and Hyperresponse "cut off' scores. Additionally, if the subject does not answer 5 or more of the test items, the test should be considered invalid as well.
Results of the Clinical and Subscale T Score. Differences in elevated T scores between male and female incarcerated youth are listed in Table 6.
Both female and male juveniles received higher T scores in the categories of depression, sexual concerns, sexual preoccupation, and sexual distress. Females also obtained nearly twice as many elevated anger T scores. Males received higher T scores than females on the clinical scale fantasy.
The results of this study indicate some of the basic characteristics of a juvenile offender and appear to clarify data from other studies. Table 7 displays these characteristics. Our population was primarily African American who were often living in poverty. Most of the sample was nearly 14 years of age and listed as near grade level in school. Males were more likely to be multiple offenders who would continually leave and reenter re·en·ter also re-en·ter
v. re·en·tered, re·en·ter·ing, re·en·ters
1. To enter or come in to again.
2. To record again on a list or ledger.
v.intr. the justice system. Many of our offenders had committed violent crimes such as assault and carried weapons. They are truant from school and regularly miss probation appointments.
Female offenders report high rates of sexual and physical abuse and their elevated T scores on the TSCC denote sexual distress. Nearly 18% of males also report being physically abused. Since most statistics indicate that the child abuse rate is 48.3 per 1,000 children, our sample has an abnormal response rate (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Noun 1. Department of Health and Human Services - the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with health and welfare; created in 1979
Health and Human Services, HHS Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, 2007). Unfortunately, physical abuse often initiates an angry response from victims, and nearly 25% of our sample admits to sometimes wanting to hurt others. In a similar response pattern to abuse, nearly 155 participants report elevated t scores in depressive de·pres·sive
1. Tending to depress or lower.
2. Depressing; gloomy.
3. Of or relating to psychological depression.
A person suffering from psychological depression. symptoms.
LIMITATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH
This study was limited to an area of nearly one million people but would not be considered a major city. In addition, this urban area has both a high poverty and unemployment rate among African Americans and may not represent other cities in the U.S. Further, the city in our study has been listed in several federal crime studies in recent years as having among the highest female homicide rates.
This study provides several areas of potential research. Our subjects indicate a high rate of physical abuse and often appear to be angry with others. Many are poor and depressed, and our female offenders are more likely to be sexually abused and want to hurt themselves. These characteristics have the potential to be assessed both in public health and school system settings. It is our hope that this research can be a starting point Noun 1. starting point - earliest limiting point
terminus a quo
commencement, get-go, offset, outset, showtime, starting time, beginning, start, kickoff, first - the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the for this discussion.
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Table 1: Characteristics of Study Sample Female % Male % Total % Sample Sample Sample (n = 143) (n = 220) (n = 363) Mean age, years 14.6 14.7 14.7 Ethnicity African American 77 54 137 62 214 58 Caucasian 54 37 67 31 121 34 Hispanic 5 4 10 10 15 4 Other 7 5 6 6 13 4 Number of admissions 0-2 102 71 123 56 225 64 3-5 35 25 69 31 104 28 6-9 6 4 25 11 31 1 10-12 0 0 3 2 3 Education Level Drop Out 4 3 6 3 10 Not Enrolled 0 0 6 3 6 Life Skills 4 3 9 4 13 First- Fifth Grade 0 0 2 1 2 Sixth Grade 7 5 10 5 17 Seventh Grade 14 10 14 7 28 Eighth Grade 23 16 44 21 67 Ninth Grade 42 29 49 23 91 Tenth Grade 24 17 50 23 74 Eleventh Grade 17 12 19 9 36 Twelfth Grade 2 1 3 1 5 Table 2: Frequency of Crimes Charged Type of Crime Crimes Included Violent crimes Domestic violence, assault, felonious against people assault, assault of a police officer, conspiracy Other crimes Theft, robbery, possession of a deadly against people weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, breaking and entering, aggravated burglary, kidnapping, intimidation of attorney/victim/witness, aggravated menacing, inducing panic, endangering children, harassment by inmate Sex crimes Rape, gross sexual imposition, sexual assault, Drug / illegal Possession of a controlled substance, substances trafficking a controlled substance, related crimes possession of drug paraphernalia Property crimes Criminal damaging/endangering, arson, aggravated arson, vandalism Disorderly Unruly, disorderly conduct, failure to conduct disperse Other Crimes Truancy, riding outside of a motor vehicle, traffic violations, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, acts in contempt of court, cigarette offense, criminal trespassing, forgery, making false alarms, resisting arrest, participation in a criminal gang, probation violation Type of Crime Female % Male Sample % Total % Sample (n = 220) Sample (n = 143) (n = 363) Violent crimes 94 66 117 53 211 58 against people Other crimes 42 30 121 55 163 45 against people Sex crimes 0 0 14 6 14 4 Drug / illegal 30 7 39 18 49 13 substances related crimes Property crimes 13 9 60 27 73 20 Disorderly 34 24 35 16 69 19 conduct Other Crimes 87 61 130 60 217 60 Table 3: Frequency of Abuse Female % Male % Total % Sample Sample Sample (n = 143) (n = 220) (n = 363_ Physically abused 41 27 19 9 60 17 by others Physically abused 24 17 15 7 39 11 another person Sexually abused by 137 26 6 3 43 12 others Sexually abused 2 1 7 3 9 2 another person Table 4: Frequency of Subjects Wanting to Hurt Themselves or Others Female % Male % Total % Sample Sample Sample (n = 143) (n = 220) (n = 363) Wanting to hurt myself Never 66 46 82 37 148 41 Sometimes 22 15 13 6 35 10 Lots of times 9 6 3 1 12 3 Almost all the time 4 3 1 0 5 1 Wanting to hurt others Never 66 46 67 30 133 37 Sometimes 25 17 25 11 50 14 Lots of times 6 4 6 3 12 3 Almost all the time 3 2 2 1 5 1 Table 5: Frequency of invalid tests due to Underresponse and Hyperresponse (%) Female Sample Male Sample Total Sample n = 143 n = 220 n = 363 Underresponse 14 17 31 Hyperresponse 3 3 6 Table 6: Percentage of Elevated Clinical Scale and Subscale T Scores Female % Male % Total Sample Sample Sample (n = 143) (n = 220) (n = 363) Anxiety 37 8 27 10 65 18 Depression 48 14 49 16 97 27 Anger 55 9 43 5 97 27 Posttraumatic Stress 43 9 45 10 88 24 Dissociation 39 7 46 9 95 26 Overt Dissociation 33 9 50 30 83 24 Fantasy 34 4 31 8 65 18 Sexual Concerns 54 18 41 10 93 26 Sexual Preoccupation 44 20 38 11 82 23 Sexual Distress 53 31 29 13 83 23 Table 7: Juvenile offender profile Characteristics Total Sample Female Sample Male Sample Age 14.7 14.6 14.7 Gender Male 43% 57% Race African African African American American American (53.8%) (62.3%) Education Level 9th-10th grade 9th grade 10th grade (29.4%) (23.4%) Type of Crime Violent crimes Violent crimes Other crimes against others against against people people (66%) (55%) History of Physically Physically Physically Abuse abused by abused by abused by others others (41%) others (18.6%) Wanting to Never Never (66%) Never (82.3%) hurt self Wanting to Never Never (66%) Never (67%) hurt others Elevated TSCC 1.Sexual 1.Depression scores distress 2.Sexual 2.Sexual distress preoccupation 3.Sexual 3.Sexual preoccupation concerns 4.Sexual 4.Depression concerns