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Indian J Psychiatry. 2013 Jul;55(3):235-43. doi: 10.4103/0019-5545.117137.

Mental health assessment of rape offenders.

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Department of General and Forensic Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health, 10 Buangkok View, Singapore.


There is an urgent need for development of methods of assessment and management of sex offenders (rapists, child sex offenders, other sexual offenders, and murderers) to mount a society-wide battle against the scourge of sexual offences in India. This paper provides an overview of theories, models, and assessment methods of rapists. It draws upon literature from psychiatry, psychology, criminology, probation, and ethics to provide a framework for understanding reasons behind rape, how mental health issues are implicated, what mental health professionals can do to contribute to crime management, and why this is ethically right and proper.


Assessment; mental health; rape; sex offenders

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