What is a Psychosexual Evaluation?
A psychosexual evaluation focuses on a student’s psychological and sexual functioning.
This evaluation examines the student’s sexual interests, attitudes and behaviors to see if there are deviancy issues.
It also evaluates the student’s risk for re-offending or acting out sexually in the future. This part of the evaluation is called a risk assessment.
Who Gives the Test?
Psychosexual evaluations are administered by mental health professionals with specialized training in treating sexual deviancy. These professionals are specifically trained to evaluate adolescents.
The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), of which Oxbow is a member, recommends professionals have at least 2,000 hours of face-to-face contact with youth with sexual issues prior to consideration as a qualified evaluator.
Oxbow Academy offers parents a choice of three independently contracted licensed psychologists to administer and evaluate the test.
What Does it Include?
Psychosexual evaluations for adolescents are different than those given adults.
For an adolescent, the test involves:
- Interviews with primary care-givers
- Interviews with the student
- Additional information such as victim’s statements, police reports, etc.
- Questionnaires completed by parents
- Psychological testing
- IQ testing
- Specific sexual questionnaires answered by the student. These questionnaires assess the student’s sexual interests, attitudes and behaviors.
- Risk assessment
- Polygraph administered by an expert in adolescent sexual issues
Why is it Necessary?
A psychosexual evaluation can help determine if a student has a problem that requires sex-specific treatment. It can also help parents, educational consultants, and therapists determine what type of treatment setting will be best.
Test results can be used to determine what behavioral techniques are needed to reduce a student’s deviant arousal.
Adolescents need this evaluation when there has been inappropriate sexual behavior such as:
- Exposing themselves
- Peeping into others’ windows
- Inappropriately touching others against their will
- Engaging in sexual activity with children who are 3 or more years younger.
- Engaging in sexual activity with family members such as siblings.
- Engaging in sexual activity with a non-consenting partner.
- Engaging in sexual activity with someone who is significantly weaker in some way, such as mentally, physically, emotionally or socially.
- Engaging in sexual activity with animals.
- Engaging in unusual sexual activity such as cross dressing or stealing women’s underwear.
Adolescents also need this evaluation after being found guilty or pleading guilty to a sex offense of any kind.
If you would prefer to discuss your situation with a counselor, we invite you to call Erin Nester, our admissions counselor, at (435) 469-0683.
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