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Polygraph Testing Leads to Better Understanding Adult and Juvenile Sex Offenders

Volume 65 Number 3
December 2001

The authors review several previously unpublished studies on the impact of polygraph testing on adult and juvenile sex offenders' self-reports of offenses and their history of personal victimization. The studies reveal consistent levels of lying and understatement of the sexual crimes sex offenders have committed, and over-reports of offenders' histories of childhood sexual victimization.