Delusional thinking in violent offending: implications for risk assessment and treatment

Hepburn, Eve E. (2016) Delusional thinking in violent offending: implications for risk assessment and treatment. DForenPsy thesis, University of Nottingham.

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The impact of delusional thinking on the violent behaviour of individuals with psychiatric diagnoses has been explored using a variety of investigative methods. The notion that delusions play a role in an individual’s violent offending has been broadly upheld within the work of this thesis. The nature or function of delusions in this process appears to be affected by a range of mediating and moderating factors. The complexity of these was illustrated during the conduction of a case study.

Advances in the understanding of mental disorder as a continuum, alongside the developments of risk assessment and management approaches, seem to provide the potential for an optimum vantage point to formulate the true role of delusions in the cognitive process.

Future research should avoid utilising the overarching themes of psychiatric diagnoses or sets of symptoms to explore violence and should focus on considering the functions of individual symptoms or characteristics, as many of these overlap with other clinical and nonclinical populations.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (DForenPsy)
Supervisors: Khalifa, Najat
Keywords: Delusions, Violent offenders, Violence
Subjects: W Medicine and related subjects (NLM Classification) > WM Psychiatry
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Item ID: 32574
Depositing User: Hepburn, Eve
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 06:40
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 12:10

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