The ABEL test is an instrument used to measure sexual interest. It is one of many tools that can be used in the evaluation process. The ABEL is a non-invasive computerized test that takes about 2 hours to complete.
The ABEL measures deviant sexual interest, including:
- interest in children 2-4, 8-10 and, 14-17
- sexual violence against adult men
- sexual violence against adult women
The test assesses:
- most dangerous sex offenders
- least dangerous sex offenders
- most likely to re-commit a sex crime
- Separating those who have no interest in children from those who deny interest.
- Dangerousness (sadistic interest in violence vs. opportunistic offending).
- Violence to children
- Arousal to children