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Mental Illness and Crime

Mental Illness and Crime

An interdisciplinary, integrative approach toward mental illness–related criminal and violent behaviors

© 2015 | 592 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Mental Illness and Crime comprehensively synthesizes and critically examines what is currently known about the relationship of mental illness and individual psychiatric disorders, in particular with criminal, violent, and other forms of antisocial behavior. The book integrates scholarship from psychology, psychiatry, clinical neuroscience, criminology, and law when presenting explanations for and etiologies of mental illness–related criminal and violent behaviors. Moreover, the book provides the reader with a diagnostic understanding of mental disorders across various classification systems, including the current DSM-5 and ICD-10. In addition, the authors critically examine what is known about the treatment and social implications of this body of research, including its practical applications within the criminal justice system. Unique to the field, this text will contribute to a better understanding of criminality and violence and move society toward a greater acceptance of individuals with these illnesses.
Chapter 1. Myths and Realities: Introduction and Scope of the Problem
Chapter 2. Abnormal Psychology Primer
Chapter 3. Disorders of Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence (Neurodevelopmental Disorders)
Chapter 4. Substance-Related Disorders
Chapter 5. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
Chapter 6. Mood Disorders
Chapter 7. Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 8. Sexual Disorders
Chapter 9. Impulse Control Disorders Not Elsewhere Classified (Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders)
Chapter 10. Personality Disorders
Chapter 11. Mental Illness and Criminal Law: Applications and Implications
Chapter 12. Law and the Control of "Dangerousness": Applications and Implications
Chapter 13. Epilogue on Mental Illness and Criminal Justice Policy
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An excellent book that examines the relationship between mental illness and criminal behaviour with detailed case studies

Dr Maria Ioannou
School of Human and Health Sciences, Huddersfield University
January 2, 2015

Good as background reading

Simone Bedford
Human and Health Science, Swansea University
November 3, 2014

excellent book that identifies many aspects of mental health with detailed case studies.

Miss Sharron Stillyards
health and social care, northlindsey college
October 13, 2014

excellent book that identifies many aspects of mental health with detailed case studies.

Miss Sharron Stillyards
health and social care, northlindsey college
October 13, 2014
Key features


  • Each disorder chapter features Origins of Crime and Violence sections, presenting potential theoretical explanations and proposed etiological mechanisms specific to the disorders covered
  • High-profile case studies presented at the beginning of each chapter engage readers and set the stage for the chapter’s contents
  • For each disorder covered, A Closer Look features provide data to illustrate the relationship between the disorders and crime
  • Diagnostic criteria from DSM-5 are introduced throughout the book for each disorder discussed
  • Chapters include relevant case studies in boxes to help foster application to real-world circumstances
  • Each chapter concludes with summaries, key terms, and review questions

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ISBN: 9781412987073