Mental illness and sexual offending

Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2014 Jun;37(2):183-94. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2014.03.007. Epub 2014 Apr 18.


Transinstitutionalization (ie, the criminalization of those with mental illness) is relevant to individuals committing sexual offenses. Mental illness can affect the treatment and risk management of individuals committing sexual offenses. In this article the current literature on mentally disordered sexual offenders is described, including how psychosis, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and dementing disorders may affect treatment and management.

Keywords: Child sexual abuse; Mental disorders; Offenders; Paraphilias; Rape; Sex offenses; Sexual abuse.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Combined Modality Therapy / methods
  • Commitment of Mentally Ill / trends
  • Disease Management
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / drug therapy
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Mental Disorders / therapy
  • Prisons / trends
  • Sex Offenses / prevention & control
  • Sex Offenses / psychology*