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Polygraph testing of sex offenders in a high secure hospital

  • David K. Ho (a1), Nikki Collins (a1), Morris Vinestock (a1) and Mrigendra Das (a1)
Abstract
Aims and method

To illustrate the clinical benefit of polygraph testing for mentally disordered sex offenders at a high secure psychiatric hospital. It is a retrospective review of two patients' case notes and of interviews with clinicians. Post Conviction Sex Offender Testing (PSCOT) was used to assist these patients in making disclosures regarding their sexual history and to aid their treatment.

Results

Post Conviction Sex Offender Testing was responsible for bringing about new disclosures relating to the patients' sexual histories and aiding their treatment progression to lower secure settings. New information was incorporated into the patients' treatment programmes and risk management plans. Post Conviction Sex Offender Testing also encouraged a more honest and effective participation in sex offender treatment programmes and allowed the evaluation of antilibidinal medication.

Clinical implications

Post Conviction Sex Offender Testing should be more widely considered among mentally disordered sex offenders who have been challenging to treat, as it has the potential to aid their management and progression to lower-security settings.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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David K. Ho (email: david.ho@nhs.net)
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Polygraph testing of sex offenders in a high secure hospital

  • David K. Ho (a1), Nikki Collins (a1), Morris Vinestock (a1) and Mrigendra Das (a1)
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