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NCJ Number: 135620 Find in a Library
Title: American Forensic Psychiatrists Who Work in State Institutions
Journal: Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law  Volume:18  Issue:1  Dated:(1990)  Pages:99-106
Author(s): B Harry; G J Maier; R D Miller
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 8
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The American Academy on Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) Committee on Institutional Forensic Psychiatry developed a 32-item questionnaire which was mailed to the Director of Forensic Services in each State's forensic facility; 107 (26 percent) replies were received.
Abstract: The respondents could be generally characterized as middle-aged, white men who had little formal training in forensic psychiatry, who felt alienated from the outside psychiatric community, and who were board-certified in general psychiatry. These directors were usually involved in the direct treatment of patients and were concerned about the lack of aftercare services. The respondents reported a sense of patient futility in the institutional forensic setting. The authors recommend that AAPL take a more active role in encouraging and representing this group of psychiatrists. 3 tables and 15 references
Main Term(s): Forensic psychiatry
Index Term(s): Correctional institutions (juvenile); Psychiatric services
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