The use of psychiatric and psychological evidence in the assessment of terrorist offenders

Dernevik, Mats and Beck, Alison and Grann, Martin and Hogue, Todd and McGuire, James (2009) The use of psychiatric and psychological evidence in the assessment of terrorist offenders. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 20 (4). pp. 508-515. ISSN 1478-9949

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Abstract

The present paper focuses on the prediction of violent recidivism among individuals convicted of politically motivated violence – terrorism. We argue that the assumptions of general violence prediction models, used
in risk assessment procedures with other offenders, do not necessarily apply to terrorist offenders. Subsequently we discuss the assumption of general expertise in mental health professionals in such cases. Furthermore, we describe the role of professionals in this field, their
expertise, and the use of psychological and psychiatric evidence. We are particularly concerned about the use of psychometric testing. Finally we make some recommendations about the approach to be used and the expertise required in assessing risk in politically motivated offenders.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Violent Recidivism, Politically motivated violence, risk assessment, terroristic offenders, Psychological Evidence, Psychiatric Evidence, Forensic Psychology
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C890 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:2840
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:09 Jul 2010 10:00
Last Modified:07 Jan 2014 14:29

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