2002 suplement 2

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Volume 11, suplement 2

Original article

Differential classification and typology of child molesters on the basis of forensic psychiatry reports

JANUSZ MASŁOWSKI1, ANDRZEJ VENULET1, KRZYSZTOF KOŁCZ1, WOJCIECH CZAPSKI1
1. Szpitala dla Nerwowo i Psychicznie Chorych w Starogardzie Gdańskim
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 2002, 11, suplement 2 (15), 39-44
Keywords: child molesters, typology

Abstract

The authors analyzed 52 forensic-psychiatric reports of child molesters. They classified paedophilia according to the diagnostic criteria of the ICD-10 and DSM-IV as well as a modified version of these criteria introduced by Beier and themselves. 48% of the paedophils had different socio-demographic characteristics from the general population of paedophils and 76% had psychiatric co-morbidity. There is no psychiatric diagnostic system and classification approved and fully validated in literature. The results support the view that the existing typologies of dissexual behaviour have limited validity. Among the paedophilic sex offenders 76% had psychiatric comorbidity.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Janusz Masłowski, Szpital dla Nerwowo i Psychicznie Chorych, ul. Skarszewska 7, 83-200 Starogard Gdański