Psychosexual Life History
The Psychosexual Life History is designed to get a picture of a client's life history as seen through
the client's eyes and experiences. In addition to obtaining a chronological history of the client's life, the
questionnaire seeks to elicit subjective feelings and attitudes which the client may have experienced during the
development of his life.
The Psychosexual Life History is designed for use with persons referred for psychological or forensic
evaluation following allegations of sexual abuse. The clinician will find that it is very comprehensive and addresses
several broad areas of life history; namely: physical features, health information, personality styles, parental and
family history, childhood / adolescent development history, education history, work history (adult only), substance
abuse history, sex history (3 parts), marital history (adult only), childhood / adolescent behavioral history,
adult behavioral history, treatment history and allegation information. This questionnaire has been updated to include
questions on the use of the internet. The Adult Male Form (English and Spanish), Adolescent Male Form (English) and Adult
Female Form (English) are currently available.
Suggestions for Use
The Psychosexual Life History is quite long and it may be useful to encourage the client to take the
time to complete the information as thoroughly and accurately as possible. It is suggested that that the
questionnaire be sent home with the client with the instructions to complete it before returning for his/her in-depth
interviews. Upon return for the interview, a review of the questionnaire will demonstrate to the clinician the
amount of effort the client has been willing to put in and may give some indication of motivation for treatment.
If little effort is shown, a concerned confrontation by the clinician as to lack of effort can give some
indication of how the client will respond to treatment intervention. Having the client then take the questionnaire
back and complete it will provide further information about the response to treatment intervention.
During the clinical interview, the client may be encouraged to complete omitted items. Refusal may have importance.
Using the questionnaire as an interview guide also provides a chance for the clinician to go into depth in areas
where questions arise from the client's responses - or lack of responses. The responses to the many open ended
items may be probed more deeply because of the unique projective potential of the Psychosexual Life History.
Notes can be made directly on the questionnaire. Report writing can also be made easier because the organization
of the questionnaire makes it easy to find the information.
The Psychosexual Life History is available to qualified clinicians who evaluate and / or treat sex offenders. For information on
getting the Psychosexual Life History, please refer to our ordering information.