Is sexually abusive behaviour in personality disordered inpatients analogous to sexual offences committed prior to hospitalization?

Daffern, Michael and Howells, Kevin and Stacey, Jacqueline and Hogue, Todd and Mooney, Paul (2008) Is sexually abusive behaviour in personality disordered inpatients analogous to sexual offences committed prior to hospitalization? Journal of Sexual Aggression, 14 (2). pp. 123-133. ISSN 1355-2600

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Abstract

Sexually abusive behaviour by personality disordered patients presents a serious threat to the integrity of staffpatient relationships and the safety of other residents. The occurrence of such behaviour is also problematic for the offending patient, as it may impact on perceived treatment needs and their access to the community. This paper reports on a study of sexually abusive behaviour in a high security psychiatric hospital. It also examines the relationship between these behaviours and patients’ history of sexual offending. The results showed a high frequency of low-severity sexually
abusive behaviour and no significant associations between sexually abusive behaviour during hospitalization and sexual offence history. These findings imply that low-severity sexually abusive behaviour within secure settings may be determined, partly, by environmental conditions. This sexual abuse may also be functionally dissimilar to severe sexual abuse perpetrated in the community. The
meaning and determinants of sexual abuse within secure settings must be scrutinized carefully and
comprehensively before they are considered analogous to previous sexual offences.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Offence Paralleling Behaviour, hospital, risk, sexual offending
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C890 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:5139
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:02 May 2012 12:43
Last Modified:18 Nov 2013 12:18

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