Violence, Crime and Mentally Disordered Offenders: Concepts and Methods for Effective Treatment and Prevention / Edition 1

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The mentally disordered criminal is a public nightmare, and the management of these offenders can be driven as much by political and economic concerns as by scientific evidence and professional judgement within the fields of mental health and correction services. This book aims to provide a critical and focused review of knowledge and best practice in this field for mental health and correction professionals and for those concerned with policy and management of services for these offenders.

Mentally disordered offenders include offenders who suffer from schizophrenia, major affective disorders, personality disorders (including psychopathy), brain damage, and mental retardation. The topic is of increasing importance because of the growth of community psychiatry, and the growing community programmes for offenders, and also because of the growing pressures on those institutions which deal with offenders and care for the mentally disordered or disabled. Professionals in these fields will welcome this book which:
* Provides a review of approaches to treatment, accessible to a wide mental health and forensic readership
* Relates treatment approaches to specific mental problems, and reviews evidence of effectiveness
* features a truly international group of authors bringing together a wide variety of approaches, scientific research, and practical experience of important programmes for treatment and prevention
"Few recent texts provide both the depth and breadth necessary to understand the vexing behaviour of mentally disordered offenders. Drs Hodgins and Muller-Isberner, a remarkable pairing of research and clinical expertise, have put together a highly readable and superb resource for anyone interested in this interface of serious mental illness and criminal behavior. The authors of the constituent chapters are leading authorities in their respective areas and have provided thoughtful commentary on the most recent international literature. This is a first-rate treatment of a rapidly growing and fascinating field." Marvin Swartz, Duke University, USA

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.."It is an excellent book, summarising current knowledge about a wide range of treatments."...
(British Journal of Psychiatry, October 2001)

"..the content of the book is just as impressive as its size..start by reading this book." (Criminal Justice, Vol.1. No.2)

"…a comprehensive overview of both evidence and practice…" (Legal & Criminological Psychology, September 2002)

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Table of Contents

About the editors ix

List of contributors xi

Series editors’ preface xiii

Preface xvii

Introduction 1

1 Evidence-based treatment for mentally disordered offenders 7
Rudiger Muller-Isberner and Sheilagh Hodgins

2 Offenders with brain damage 39
Norbert Nedopil

3 Personality disordered offenders: conceptualization, assessment and diagnosis of personality disorder 63
Heather Burke and Stephen D. Hart

4 Psychopathic offenders 87
Stephen Wong

5 Offenders with schizophrenia 113
Joseph D. Bloom and William H. Wilson

6 Offenders with major affective disorders 131
Derek Eaves, George Tien and Derek Wilson

7 Pharmacological treatments for psychotic offenders 153
Leslie Citrome and Jan Volavka

8 Pharmacological treatments for personality disordered offenders 177
Jari Tiihonen

9 Community-based treatment programmes 193
Kirk Heilbrun and Lori Peters

10 Conclusion 217
Sheilagh Hodgins

Index 229

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