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NCJ Number: 168676 Find in a Library
Title: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:66  Issue:6  Dated:(June 1997)  Pages:11-16
Author(s): S Goldstein
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 6
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Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines implications for the criminal justice system of individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Abstract: Because individuals with ADHD come into contact with the criminal justice system at a statistically higher rate than others in the general population, criminal justice officials, including police administrators, should be aware of the implications for their profession. The article describes the nature of ADHD and behavioral symptoms displayed by individuals with the disorder. The rate of borderline and antisocial personality disorders appears much higher in persons with histories of ADHD and members of this hyperactive-impulsive group face the greatest risk for coming into contact with the criminal justice system as they approach adulthood. The article discusses pretrial psychiatric or psychological assessments for suspected ADHD sufferers; ADHD as a defense; courtroom accommodations; ADHD as a factor in sentencing; incarceration and rehabilitation; and interaction and cooperation between mental health and criminal justice communities. Notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Aggression; Antisocial attitudes; Attention deficit disorder (ADD); Behavior typologies; Criminality prediction; Hyperactive children; Personality assessment; Problem behavior; Psychological evaluation; Sentencing recommendations
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