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Acta Médica Peruana

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SINDEEV, Andrey  y  GUZMAN-NEGRON, Eduardo. Epidemiological, clinical-psychiatric, and legal profile of persons convicted for sex offenses, Lurigancho Correctional Facility, Lima, 2017. Acta méd. Peru [online]. 2018, vol.35, n.3, pp.168-173. ISSN 1728-5917.

Objective: To determine the epidemiological, clinical-psychiatric, and legal profile of persons convicted for sex offenses in the Lima Lurigancho Male Correctional Facility, during 2017. Materials and methods: This is a study with an observational, descriptive, cross-sectional, and retrospective study. The sample included all reports submitted for obtaining penalty reductions in those inmates sentenced because of sexual offenses and who underwent psychiatric evaluation during 2017. A data collecting form designed by the investigators and validated by an expert committee was used. Results: Seventy-six reports were assessed, the general profile of inmates sentenced because of sexual offenses was as follows: age, 30-49 years (28.9%), coming from Lima (56.6%) or from the Peruvian highlands (30.3%), having gone to high school (64.5%) or college (21%), being workers or technicians as their main occupation (85.5%), being married or living with a steady partner (57.9%), having children (67.1%), with no mental disorder diagnosed according to the ICD-10 (82.9%), not having any past history of a psychiatric illness (89.5%) or illicit drug abuse (84.2%). Only 13 inmates (17.1%) had a diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder. In just a single case (1.3%) a disorder of sexual preference was detected. Conclusions: The profile of sexual offenders does not show specific features that may clearly differentiate them from the general population; such as the presence of a given typical mental disorder. Further studies are needed in order to adequately standardize psychological and psychiatric care, for proposing updated for the current legal regulations, and for trying to set up preventative measures against such offenses.

Palabras clave : Health profile; Sexual offense; Forensic psychiatry.

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