Gray et al's Criminal Justice, Mental Health and the Politics of Risk PDF

By Gray et al

ISBN-10: 1859416403

ISBN-13: 9781859416402

Felony Justice, psychological health and wellbeing and the Politics of chance addresses the $64000 concerns which lie on the vanguard of selection making and coverage in felony justice and healthiness care. The ebook brings jointly a number of perpectives from a few wonderful educational attorneys, criminologists, psychologists and psychiatrists. it really is multi-disciplinary in its process and is together edited by way of a legal professional, a criminologist and a psychologist - all of whom have services and adventure during this box. The ebook is written within the gentle of the present emphasis on probability evaluation and administration in addition to the new executive proposals to reform psychological wellbeing and fitness legislation and detain harmful and significantly character disordered contributors. It offers a theoretical assessment for teachers and scholars within the fields of scientific legislations, psychological overall healthiness legislations, legal justice, psychology, sociology, criminology and psychiatry. moreover, the book's hugely topical and pragmatic method will attract a variety of pros and practitioners

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It is also at the root of the current onslaught on psychiatry by politicians and the media. There are several unrealistic aspects to this onslaught, but it seems entirely reasonable that a publicly funded service should be designed to meet the needs of its clients, rather than rejecting those who do not fit certain narrow criteria. Of course, there is plenty of room for argument about how widespread the problem is within psychiatry as a whole, but the fact that it is a problem cannot be denied.

For example, a study by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1992) found that almost half of the law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty were killed by individuals, mostly strangers, who closely matched the personality profile of 35 Criminal Justice, Mental Health and the Politics of Risk the psychopath. And perhaps as many as 25–30% of persistent wife-batterers in court-mandated treatment programs may be psychopaths (Newlove, Hart, Dutton and Hare, 1992). 9 PSYCHOPATHY: RISK FOR RECIDIVISM AND VIOLENCE Some criminologists argue that the most important thing criminals have in common is that they have been convicted of criminal acts, and that clinical constructs such as psychopathy are ‘mythical’ or of little value in helping to understand individual criminals (for example, Toch, 1998).

Cooke and his colleagues have used Item Response Theory (IRT) to investigate the discriminating properties of individual PCL-R and PCL:SV items. IRT provides information about the extent to which an item (or group of items) is discriminating of (relevant to) a given construct or trait, in this case, psychopathy. They found that the interpersonal and affective (Factor 1) items are more discriminating of the psychopathy construct than are the socially deviant (Factor 2) items (Cooke and Michie, 1997; Cooke et al, 1999, 2001).

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