Comparing the psychosocial health status of sex and non-sex offenders in NSW prisons

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Project Description

Little is known about the physical and mental health status of those convicted for sex offences. Preliminary research has been inconclusive and limited by small samples and lack of non-offender comparison groups.  Increasing evidence about the mental, physical and social factors of sex offenders is important in understanding of the aetiology and mechanism of sex offences.  It also contributes to better risk assessments, predicting recidivism and selecting treatments. Such research may also assist in the development of public policy.  This study will utilise data from three waves (1996, 2001 & 2009) of the NSW Inmate Health Survey to examine the differences in the health status of sex and non-sex offenders.

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