Mary Polak, B.C. minister of children and family development puts the kibosh on junk science
It's called penile plethysmography and it's been administered to boys aged 12 - 17 during the past 20 years by BC's Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services as part of their Youth Sex Offender Treatment Program.
On par with rice-in-mouth lie detection and the witch burnings and hand-boilings of medieval times, the accused is damned if they do and damned if they don't:
Alex's re-education: click image for YouTube video.
Vivian Luk, Vancouver Sun:
The tests...involve attaching a "penile plesthysmograph" to adolescent boys' genitals to measure sexual responses. The youths — aged 12 to 17 — were shown photographs of naked or semi-naked adults, children and infants...To Polak's credit, she quickly snipped the program after learning about the creepy Clockwork Orange nature of penis-measurement science, alongside revelations of a Youth Services medical technician charged with an unrelated sexual offense.
Research by Drs. Barker and Howell1 shows that penile plethysmography borders on junk science (no pun intended) because:
* No standardization
* Test results are not sufficiently accurate
* Results are subject to faking and voluntary control by test subjects
* High incidence of false negatives and false positives
* Results are open to interpretation
1Barker and Howell, The Plethysmograph: A Review of Recent Literature, 20 Bull. Am. Acad. of Psychiatry and Law 13 (1992)