Mental illness and problematic sexual behaviors. A review of the recent literature

J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2011 Feb;49(2):24-8. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20110106-01. Epub 2011 Jan 21.


Advanced practice nurses and other health care professionals have increasingly been working with individuals with mental illnesses who also have a history of sexual misconduct. Unfortunately, due partly to minimal research on the subject--especially in the nursing field--these professionals are addressing the needs of this population without adequate preparation. This article provides an overview of mental illness and problematic sexual behaviors (MI/PSB) and highlights the importance of additional research for the MI/PSB population as a subgroup of sex offenders.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Recurrence
  • Sex Offenses / prevention & control*
  • Sex Offenses / psychology*