Report from the Committee on Sex Offenders: the Abel Assessment for Sexual Interest--a brief description.
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This article briefly reviews objective methods of assessing sexual interest and/or arousal and mentions some of the disadvantages of penile plethysmography. Literature that supports the use of viewing time as a measurement of sexual interest is reviewed. A detailed description of a new system of assessing sexual interest, called the Abel Assessment, which has both subjective and objective components, is presented. A critique of this assessment system is then offered.
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