Forensic psychiatry 1

There are a number of important topics associated with the theory behind forensic

psychiatry which will be covered. These are as follows:

1. Criminology

2. Crime in the UK

3. Antisocial behaviour – epidemiology and aetiology

4. Psychiatric aspects of offending behaviour

5. Offending amongst those with mental disorder

6. Sexual offences

7. Risk assessment

8. The UK criminal justice system

9. Mental disorder in prison

HideShow resource information
PDF Document 1.01 Mb

Pages in this set

Page 1

Preview of page 1
What is Forensic Psychiatry? Forensic psychiatry has two main components:

Page 2

Preview of page 2
· Clinical assessment and treatment of individuals in a variety of settings and under a range of
circumstances. Patients are frequently involved in the criminal justice system, either awaiting
trial or having been convicted of an offence. Forensic services also offer advice to general
psychiatric services concerning patients suffering from…

Page 3

Preview of page 3
It every year.

Page 4

Preview of page 4
3

collects information about crime independently of that recorded by the police. The
BCS estimates that 11.3 million crimes were committed in the year 2006- 2007, of which 5.4m
were reported to police. An even smaller proportion will therefore have been investigated and
convictions secured. The overall amount of crime…

Page 5

Preview of page 5

Page 6

Preview of page 6
abnormalities are causally associated with criminal behaviour or offending.

Page 7

Preview of page 7
· Twin studies show genetic overlap of disinhibitory syndromes: conduct disorder, alcohol and
drug dependence and child and adult antisocial behaviour. It is postulated that there is an
underlying genetic vulnerability factor to these disorders (termed as `externalising' disorders)
related to behavioural under- control.
5 Neurobiological factors There has
been…

Page 8

Preview of page 8
peers and who have delinquent friends. School factors associated with delinquency are high
levels of punishment and low levels of praise. Social cohesion in communities is linked to
reduced levels of community violence. This is fostered by `Neighbourhood Watch' schemes,
which encourage residents to work together to

Page 9

Preview of page 9
report suspicious behaviour and help to prevent crime.

Page 10

Preview of page 10
7 Psychiatric Aspects of Offending Behaviour.
The relationship between psychiatric disorder and criminal behaviour is far from straightforward.
Few psychiatric patients are offenders and few offenders have a psychiatric disorder (Gunn,
1977). The public image of mental illness is generally poor, and media portrayal of certain
illnesses (particularly schizophrenia) has…

Comments

No comments have yet been made

Similar Psychology resources:

See all Psychology resources »

Forensic psychiatry 1

There are a number of important topics associated with the theory behind forensic

psychiatry which will be covered. These are as follows:

1. Criminology

2. Crime in the UK

3. Antisocial behaviour – epidemiology and aetiology

4. Psychiatric aspects of offending behaviour

5. Offending amongst those with mental disorder

6. Sexual offences

7. Risk assessment

8. The UK criminal justice system

9. Mental disorder in prison

PDF Document 1.01 Mb

Pages in this set

Page 1

Preview of page 1
What is Forensic Psychiatry? Forensic psychiatry has two main components:

Page 2

Preview of page 2
· Clinical assessment and treatment of individuals in a variety of settings and under a range of
circumstances. Patients are frequently involved in the criminal justice system, either awaiting
trial or having been convicted of an offence. Forensic services also offer advice to general
psychiatric services concerning patients suffering from…

Page 3

Preview of page 3
It every year.

Page 4

Preview of page 4
3

collects information about crime independently of that recorded by the police. The
BCS estimates that 11.3 million crimes were committed in the year 2006- 2007, of which 5.4m
were reported to police. An even smaller proportion will therefore have been investigated and
convictions secured. The overall amount of crime…

Page 5

Preview of page 5

Page 6

Preview of page 6
abnormalities are causally associated with criminal behaviour or offending.

Page 7

Preview of page 7
· Twin studies show genetic overlap of disinhibitory syndromes: conduct disorder, alcohol and
drug dependence and child and adult antisocial behaviour. It is postulated that there is an
underlying genetic vulnerability factor to these disorders (termed as `externalising' disorders)
related to behavioural under- control.
5 Neurobiological factors There has
been…

Page 8

Preview of page 8
peers and who have delinquent friends. School factors associated with delinquency are high
levels of punishment and low levels of praise. Social cohesion in communities is linked to
reduced levels of community violence. This is fostered by `Neighbourhood Watch' schemes,
which encourage residents to work together to

Page 9

Preview of page 9
report suspicious behaviour and help to prevent crime.

Page 10

Preview of page 10
7 Psychiatric Aspects of Offending Behaviour.
The relationship between psychiatric disorder and criminal behaviour is far from straightforward.
Few psychiatric patients are offenders and few offenders have a psychiatric disorder (Gunn,
1977). The public image of mental illness is generally poor, and media portrayal of certain
illnesses (particularly schizophrenia) has…

Comments

No comments have yet been made