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NCJ Number: 220919 Find in a Library
Title: Understanding and Preventing Criminal Recidivism Among Adults With Psychotic Disorders
Journal: Psychiatric Services  Volume:58  Issue:6  Dated:June 2007  Pages:773-781
Author(s): J. Steven Lamberti M.D.
Date Published: June 2007
Page Count: 9
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Drawing on contemporary crime-prevention principles as well as current knowledge of psychotic disorders and their treatment, this article presents a conceptual framework for understanding and preventing reoffending by adults with psychotic disorders.
Abstract: The conceptual framework presented indicates that the key to preventing reoffending by adults with psychotic disorders is to involve them in interventions that target risk factors for reoffending. This includes active participation in treatment as well as adherence to a treatment regimen. This is most likely to occur when treatment techniques and goals match the needs and characteristics of the offender. A second component of the conceptual framework is a focus on factors linked to nonadherence to treatment regimens, since nonadherence to treatment requirements has been associated with violence and increased rates of arrest and incarceration among offenders with mental illness. The third component of the conceptual framework is a focus on issues that inhibit psychiatric treatment, such as arrest and incarceration rather than referral to medical services and hospitalization for treatment. This conceptual framework implies that combining legal supervisory and mandatory measures to facilitate entering and maintaining adherence to treatment is the approach most likely to prevent reoffending among psychotic offenders. 2 figures and 101 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Mentally ill inmates; Mentally ill offenders; Psychopaths; Recidivism; Recidivism causes
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