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NCJ Number: 78041 Find in a Library
Title: Psychopathology of Homicide
Author(s): E Revitch; L B Schlesinger
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 223
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This clinically oriented volume considers the psychopathology of homide as a complex behavior, with distinct and varying etiology, clinical course, and prognosis.
Abstract: Initial chapters of the text review clinical evaluation, psychological testing, and the classification of homicide. The authors show how the usual psychiatric classification of mental illness and the legal division of offenders into sane and insane rarely explain the crime and are virtually useless as prognostic indicators. An alternative approach to classification that is based on motivational stimulit of the criminal act is presented. These stimuli are arranged on a scale that ranges from purely exogenous to purely endogenous. Separate chapters cover these various stages. Included are socially and environmentally stimulated homicides, situational homicides, catathymic homicides, and compulsive homicides. Homicides with organic, toxic, and paranoid causes constitute a separate group. The work then focuses on prediction of future behavior and disposition of homicidal offenders. It is emphasized that while absolutely and consistently correct prediction of behavior is impossible, correct estimates of possibility, probability and, in some instances, certainty can be achieved. Throughout the book, detailed case material is used to illustrate textural points. An index and over 300 references are provided in the book. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Behavior patterns; Criminality prediction; Homicide; Mentally ill offenders; Motivation; Psychological evaluation
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