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NCJ Number: 158137 Find in a Library
Title: Forensic Mental Health Treatment: Do We Really Know What We Are Talking About?
Journal: Forum on Corrections Research  Volume:7  Issue:3  Dated:September 1995  Pages:27-29
Author(s): A. Greenwood
Date Published: September 1995
Page Count: 3
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article discusses current knowledge about the relationship between mental illness and criminal or violent behavior.
Abstract: The available research shows a weak relationship between mental illness and violence or criminality. Personal-distress variables (i.e., anxiety, self-esteem, depression) are weak predictors of criminal behavior. Criminogenic variables such as antisocial behavior and personality traits are strong predictors of risk, even in offenders with a mental disorder. The goal of mental health treatment is to address mental disorder, while that of correctional treatment is to reduce recidivism; these goals do not always operate in tandem. Correctional programs should be evaluated in terms of psychiatric rating scales, measures of independent behavioral functioning, and use of facility mental health services, in addition to their impact on recidivism. 10 notes
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Inmate treatment; Mental illness-crime relationships; Offender mental health services
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