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NCJ Number: 68545 Find in a Library
Title: SEXUAL OFFENDERS IN RAMPTON (ENGLAND) (FROM SEX OFFENDERS - A SYMPOSIUM, P 9-15, 1978, BY JOHN GUNN - SEE NCJ-68543)
Author(s): M W FOWLES
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Special Hospitals Research Unit
London SE5, England
Sale Source: Special Hospitals Research Unit
119 Camberwell Road
London SE5,
United Kingdom
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: THE TYPE AND SERIOUSNESS OF SEX OFFENDER PATIENTS IN THE RAMPTON SPECIAL HOSPITAL IN GREAT BRITAIN WERE EVALUATED.
Abstract: THE HOSPITAL WAS SURVEYED FOR ADMISSIONS FROM FEBRUARY 1971 TO OCTOBER 1974. THE SEX OFFENDER WAS DEFINED AS A PATIENT WHOSE ADMISSION TO RAMPTON HOSPITAL WAS A DIRECT RESULT OF A CONVICTION FOR A SEXUAL CRIME. INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY RAMPTON'S PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT, WHICH HAD TESTED ALL NEW ADMISSIONS SINCE FEBRUARY 1971, WAS ALSO USED. THIS OVERSIMPLIFIED SURVEY WAS NECESSITATED BY TIME LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY. OF RAMPTON HOSPITAL'S MALE PATIENTS, 18.4 PERCENT WERE ADMITTED AS A DIRECT RESULT OF A CONVICTION FOR A SEXUAL OFFENSE, BUT NEARLY 30 PERCENT OF THE OVERALL RESIDENT SEXUAL OFFENDER POPULATION COULD BE SO CLASSIFIED. THE SEXUAL OFFENDERS' AVERAGE AGE WAS 25.9 YEARS (27.5 YEARS FOR RESIDENTS) WITH A RANGE OF 17-34 YEARS (18-36 FOR RESIDENTS), AND THE VAST MAJORITY (AROUND 90 PERCENT) WERE SINGLE AT THE TIME OF ADMISSION. ONLY A MINORITY HAD NO PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS FOR BOTH SEXUAL AND NONSEXUAL OFFENSES. MENTAL HEALTH CLASSIFICATIONS SHOWED THE BULK TO BE CLASSIFIED EITHER AS PSYCHOPATHIC DISORDER OR SUBNORMALITY. THESE TWO DIAGNOSTIC CATEGORIES ARE LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE METHODS OF DETAINING PATIENTS, AND THEY ARE INTERCHANGEABLE. OF THE VICTIMS, 69 PERCENT WERE FEMALE AND 20.5 PERCENT MALE. THE OFFENSES HAD BEEN COMMITTED AGAINST A PARTICULAR TYPE OF VICTIM CLASSIFIED ACCORDING TO AGE AND SEX. NO EVIDENCE WAS FOUND OF ANY ASSOCIATION BETWEEN CHROMOSOME ABNORMALITY AND DESIGNATION AS A SEX OFFENDER NOR BETWEEN INTELLIGENCE AND DESIGNATION AS A SEX OFFENDER. EXTENSIVE TABLES SUPPLEMENT THE TEXT. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Crime seriousness measures; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Hospitals; Intelligence Quotient (IQ); Medical and dental services; Offender classification; Psychopaths; Sex offenders; Sex offenses
Note: NCJ-68545 AVAILABLE ON MICROFICHE FROM NCJRS UNDER NCJ-68543.
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