Psychosexual assessments are forensic evaluations targeted specifically to the individual charged with a sexual offense, or whose involvement with the criminal justice system requires such an evaluation during the sentencing or disposition phase of the court process. Such an evaluation, done using specific psychiatric, psychological and psycho-sexual testing methodologies, can address the following issues:
- Level of risk for sexual and non–sexual recidivism;
- Recommended types and intensity of interventions that will be most beneficial, including level of care (e.g., community versus more secure placement);
- The specific dynamic risk factors or criminogenic needs to be targeted through interventions;
- Amenability to interventions;
- Responsivity factors that may impact engagement in and response to interventions; and
- Strengths and protective factors relative to the individual, as well as those that exist within family, peer, and other community support systems.