Unfortunately, the incidence of sexual assault has increased over the past decade, 1 , 2 and the long-term management of sex offenders has been fervently debated in our society. In the United States, approximately , sexual offenders are under the custody of correctional agencies each day, and more than half are under conditional supervision in the community. Forensic psychiatrists are often asked to evaluate individuals accused or convicted of sexual offenses for a variety of purposes, including the assessment of dangerousness, risk for recidivism, involuntary commitment, inclusion in a state's sex offender registry, competency, and criminal responsibility. Like most other forensic evaluations, the assessment of sexual offenders involves performing a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, reviewing available police reports and criminal history, and contacting available collateral sources of information to verify information provided by the defendant.
Mental health professionals are frequently called upon to conduct specialized clinical assessments of adult and juvenile sex offenders, oftentimes at an early point in the management process. Because these evaluators are responsible for illuminating some of the complex and unique dynamics involved with the offenders in these cases, and because of the considerable weight that is often placed on these evaluations, the practitioners who conduct psychosexual evaluations must have specialized training and experience in the field see, e. The primary forms of clinical assessments include the following:. During the sentencing or disposition phase of the court process, psychosexual evaluations sometimes referred to as sex offender—specific evaluations are often requested. Generally speaking, psychosexual evaluations are designed to identify the following see ATSA, :.
One aspect of the agency was to develop testing instruments to aid in the evaluation and treatment of sex offenders. Research toward the development of a sexual test began in at a state hospital sex offender program. The original Multiphasic Sex Inventory MSI designed for adult male sex offenders was published in , and two years later a form designed for adolescent male sex offenders was published. It may be used routinely with other tests for the evaluation of sexual offenders and may also be used during the treatment process to determine the degree of openness and progress that an offender may be making in treatment.
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