Executive Dysfunction Predicts Delinquency But Not Sexual Aggression

January 22, 2015

Recent research from the Northeast Educational Assessment and Research Institute finds links between executive dysfunction, delinquency and sexual aggression. Follow this link to read the full article published in this month’s NEARI Newsletter.

According to the agency’s website, “[This] newsletter article focuses on whether there is a link between the executive functioning of the brain (the brain’s conductor) and sexual aggression in adolescents. The research showed a strong relationship between executive dysfunction and non-sexual crimes but no solid relationship between executive functioning and sexual crimes. However, since a high percentage of those who abuse sexually re-offend non-sexually and executive functioning impacts other aspects of the lives of these youth, the authors urge practitioners to include executive functioning as significant focus of treatment planning.”