S. Harsch

Universität Ulm, Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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Publications (3)4.63 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to compare the prevalence of mental disorders among sexual offenders in forensic psychiatry (SF) with the prevalence of such disorders among sexual offenders in prison (SP) and violent offenders in prison (VP). In a cross-sectional study, 40 of 47 SF detained in forensic psychiatry in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, could be included. They were compared with 30 SP and 26 VP. All study participants were interviewed by means of SCID I and SCID II and assessments of functioning (GAF, BSS). There was a high prevalence of mental disorders (DSM-IV: Axis I) in all three groups (SF: 80%, SP: 63%, VP: 73%). Among SP and VP, this was attributed mainly to substance use disorders. The prevalence and comorbidity of personality disorders was significantly higher in the group of the SF (prevalence: SF: 85%, SP: 27%, VP: 39%). In a psychopathological view, SP were all together more similar to the imprisoned non-sexual delinquent VP than to the SF.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2006 · International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
  • S. Harsch · F. Keller · U. Jockusch
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    ABSTRACT: The study compares 40 sexual offenders being treated in a forensic psychiatric hospital with 30 sexual offenders serving a prison sentence. Both groups share a high prevalence of axis 1 disorders, mainly substance abuse or dependency. Offenders treated in hospital more frequently show disorders of sexual preference and personality disorders and lower levels of psychosocial functioning. They also had a more disturbed socialisation and had committed more sexual offences. The results suggest that sexual offenders treated in hospital are more likely to suffer from a psychiatric disorder and that they have a higher biographical and criminological risk profile. Yet, in a significant proportion of sexual offenders in prison we found psychiatric disorders and personality disorders. We recommend a thorough psychiatric assessment and treatment planning of all sexual offenders, whether in hospital or in prison.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2006
  • S. Harsch · U. Jockusch · F. Keller

    No preview · Article · Oct 2000 · European Psychiatry