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This book begins with an exploration of the various psychological and legal efforts to define the concept of mental illness. The text then examines the myth of a psychiatric crime wave — the common belief that mentally ill persons are violent and dangerous and, as such, are managed effectively through criminal justice procedures. The criminal image of persons with mental illness is addressed, then leads the reader to an empirical analysis of mock juror sentencing recommendations for mentally ill defendants.
The Myth of a Psychiatric Crime Wave is an effective complementary text for upper-level psychology and criminal justice courses dealing with the treatment of mental health consumers, the management of these individuals, or both. Moreover, this text is suited for sparking critical discourse in graduate-level courses in forensic psychology, criminology, and mental health law.