Mental disorders, violence, and crime

Sahni, Sanjeev P. and -, Karishma (2021) Mental disorders, violence, and crime. In: Criminal psychology and the criminal justice system in India and beyond. Springer, Singapore, pp. 69-92. ISBN 9789811645709

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Mental disorders are identified by a set of signs and symptoms causing significant clinical distress or impairment in an individual’s functioning. The relationship between mental disorders and crime has been a topic of research and heated controversy since many decades. There is a consensus advocating a link between the two. However, the exact nature of the relationship is quite complex. Though individuals with mental disorders are frequently perceived as the perpetrators of crime, emerging research shows that they are more likely to be victimized than committing a crime. Moreover, mental disorders cannot be perceived as a singular variable and need to be understood as distinct categories with different levels of sense of judgement, touch with reality, decision-making, and so forth. To understand the culpability of such individuals, these aspects need to be established clearly. This chapter elaborates upon the categories of mental disorders that are frequently associated with crime namely psychotic spectrum disorders, addiction disorders, personality disorders, dissociative disorders, and sexual disorders, and their respective association with criminal offending.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Mental disorder | Antisocial | Violence | Crime | Personality disorder
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Psychology > Applied Psychology
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2022 15:35
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2023 08:53
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