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In the initial analysis of data from a random sample of all those charged with child sexual abuse in Idaho over a 13 year period, only one predictive variable was found that related to recidivism of those convicted. Variables such as ethnicity, relationship, gender and age differences did not show a significant or even large association with recidivism. The only variable that seemed to show both a significant and almost moderate association to recidivism was the Risk Assessment in the Sex Offender Evaluation re-offense. Comparisons were made to prior research as well as a discussion of implications of the sex offender evaluation for the legal process. Finally, a call for the continued need for further research is discussed.

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This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at Journal of Child Sexual Abuse , published by Haworth Press (Now owned by Taylor and Francis). Copyright restrictions may apply. DOI: 10.1080/10538710902743909

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