Friday, May 18, 2007

Profiling?

Sex offenders have higher rate of mental illness

Well, duh!

There's something wrong with them.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men convicted of rape or other sexual offenses have a much higher-than-average rate of serious mental illness and history of psychiatric hospitalization, a new study suggests.

The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, run counter to conventional wisdom. Experts have traditionally held the view that the mentally ill are not more likely to be sexual offenders.

However, part of this belief may stem from comparisons with people convicted of murder, who appear to have a higher rate of psychiatric disorders than sex offenders do.
Whoa!

Talk about a two-fer!

That's only "conventional wisdom" for bleeding heart "experts" who get a kick out of blaming society rather than admitting something is wrong with the perp.

And we find out not only are rapists identifiably sick in the head, but murderers are even moreso!

The sex offenders only looked relatively sane in comparison to the killers...way to go, Einstein...
The new study, in contrast, compared male sexual offenders with men in the general population. It found that offenders were six times more likely to have ever been hospitalized for a mental illness.

This raises the possibility that identifying and treating these disorders could lower the odds of offenders repeating their crimes, said lead study author Dr. Seena Fazel of Oxford University in the UK.

"The criminal justice system needs to be aware that people who shows signs of being unwell need to be assessed," he told Reuters Health.
Hey, sounds like profiling, doesn't it?

They just gloss over that, with only a slight nod to political correctness:
The findings should not be used to stigmatize people with psychiatric disorders, according to Fazel. "Most people with a mental illness do not commit sexual offenses," he pointed out.

However, he added, the study does suggest that "an important minority" of sexual offenders have serious psychiatric disorders.
The study appears rather solid:
Fazel and his colleagues based their findings on data from Sweden's system of population registers, which includes databases on criminal convictions and hospitalizations for psychiatric illness.

The researchers compared 8,495 men convicted of sexual offenses between 1988 and 2000 with a sample of 19,935 men from the general population.

Sex offenders were five times more likely to have been hospitalized for schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders, and were three times more likely to have a history of bipolar disorder.

They also had a four-fold greater risk of alcohol or drug dependence, and were 30 times more likely to have been diagnosed with a personality disorder.
Hmmm, how much more likely are terrorists to be muslim than some other religion?

An "important minority", perhaps?

At least?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Barbaric Yap said...

It makes sense. Severe mental illnesses are emotional illnesses. Congnitive problems arising from mental illnesses are no different from cognitive problems normal people experience with emotional changes. Having an emotional illness makes you prone to alot of problems sexual just being one of them, violance also is another.

There is also another issue. Pople who are mentally ill and have good upbringings tend not to be criminals. A lot of the time it is a combination of being mentally ill and being subject to bad upbringing and poverty that is the bad combination. Of course there are always exceptions.


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5:10 PM, May 19, 2007  
Blogger Joseph said...

Does this Dr. Szasz was wrong?

12:26 AM, May 20, 2007  

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