Journal article

Rates of mental disorder in people convicted of homicide. National clinical survey

J Shaw, IM Hunt, S Flynn, J Meehan, J Robinson, H Bickley, R Parsons, K McCann, J Burns, T Amos, N Kapur, L Appleby

British Journal of Psychiatry | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Previous studies of people convicted of homicide have used different definitions of mental disorder. AIMS: To estimate the rate of mental disorder in people convicted of homicide; to examine the relationship between definitions, verdict and outcome in court. METHOD: A national clinical survey of people convicted of homicide (n=1594) in England and Wales (1996-1999). Rates of mental disorder were estimated based on: lifetime diagnosis, mental illness at the time of the offence, contact with psychiatric services, diminished responsibility verdict and hospital disposal. RESULTS: Of the 1594,545 (34%) had a mental disorder: most had not attended psychiatric services; 85 (5%) had schi..

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