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Collins, PG and O'Connor, A (2000) Rape and sexual assault of the elderly: an exploratory study of 10 cases referred to the Irish Forensic Psychiatry Service. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine , 17 , (4) , pp. 128-131.

Objectives: This small exploratory study aims to investigate the characteristics of those convicted of rape or serious sexual assault against an elderly person (aged 65 years or over) who were referred to the Irish Forensic Psychiatry Service for assessment.

Method: A retrospective examination of the case histories of such individuals both at the Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum, Dublin and at Arbour Hill Prison, Dublin between 1989 and 1995.

Results: Ten such cases were found. The most frequent diagnoses were those of schizophrenia and alcohol dependence syndrome. A dual diagnosis of both schizophrenia and alcohol dependence was common. A high percentage of the schizophrenia cases had been previously charged with sexual offences and most were non-compliant with prescribed psychotropic medication at the time of the offence.

Conclusions: A very small number of people with mental illness may be at increased risk of committing a sexual offence against an elderly person. Further study of such offenders is merited.


Item Type:Article
Date:December 2000
Season/Number:12
Page Range:pp. 128-131
Publisher:Medmedia Group
Volume:17
Number:4
Keywords:alcohol dependence, AODR violence, Ireland, schizophrenia, sexual assault
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Accession Number:HRB 4297 (Not in collection)
Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Correctional system and facility > Prison
G Health and disease > State of health > Mental health
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime > Drugs and alcohol related crime
T Demographic characteristics > Prison Inmate (prisoner)
G Health and disease > Drugs and alcohol disorder > Alcohol use > Alcohol dependence
T Demographic characteristics > Elderly / Older person

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