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NCJ Number: 99521 Find in a Library
Title: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Insanity Defense - A Critical Analysis
Journal: Journal of Psychiatry and Law  Volume:11  Issue:2  Dated:(Summer 1983)  Pages:125-136
Author(s): I K Packer
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 12
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: As the concept of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has become more widely publicized, it has been used as a defense for criminal charges in a number of court cases.
Abstract: The implications of PTSD for the insanity defense are examined with reference to case examples. It is concluded that in most cases the argument for a finding of insanity based on PTSD rests on invalid, deterministic reasoning. In rare cases, an individual with PTSD will experience a psychotic or dissociative episode and may then meet the criteria for legal insanity. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Critiques; Insanity defense; Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD)
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