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NCJ Number: 169332 Find in a Library
Title: Diagnosis and Assessment of Criminal Offenders (From Correctional Counseling and Rehabilitation, Third Edition, P 63- 80, 1997, Patricia Van Voorhis, Michael Braswell, et al, eds. - See NCJ-169329)
Author(s): J L Carbonell; R Perkins
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Sale Source: Anderson Publishing Co
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Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Assessments by mental health professionals in the correctional setting attempt to answer questions about how and why offenders think, feel, and behave in different ways.
Abstract: Correctional staff play an important role in the assessment of inmates and probationers by serving as sources of information for mental health professionals. Correctional staff are in a unique position to observe inmate behavior since they interact with and see inmates in various situations and contexts. Mental health diagnosis and assessment of offenders is facilitated by the DSM-IV, a multiaxial system in which people are diagnosed along several different dimensions or axes. The DSM-IV can be used to evaluate mood disorders, psychotic disorders, mental retardation, personality disorders, substance abuse and dependence, and suicide. Once an offender is referred to a mental health professional, several techniques can be used to evaluate the problem, including interviews, intelligence testing, and personality tests. Legal issues associated with mental health assessment are examined, with emphasis on not guilty by reason of insanity cases and competency to stand trial.
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Competency to stand trial; Counseling in correctional settings; Counseling techniques; Inmate treatment; Insanity defense; Mental disorders; Mentally ill inmates; Mentally ill offenders; Offender mental health services; Personality assessment; Psychological evaluation; Rehabilitation; Treatment techniques
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