Forensic psychiatry

Section edited by Seena Fazel

This section is focused on forensic psychiatry. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, general violence, domestic violence, homicide, sex offences, assessment in forensic settings, and general forensic psychiatry.

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  1. Research article

    Brain structure differences among male schizophrenic patients with history of serious violent acts: an MRI voxel-based morphometric study

    The biological underpinnings of serious violent behaviors in patients with schizophrenia remain unclear. The aim of this study was to identify the characteristics of brain morphometry in patients with schizoph...

    Noriomi Kuroki, Hiroko Kashiwagi, Miho Ota, Masanori Ishikawa, Hiroshi Kunugi, Noriko Sato, Naotsugu Hirabayashi and Toshio Ota

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:105

    Published on: 21 March 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:136

  2. Research article

    Violent victimization and health service utilization in a forensic psychiatric context: a comparison between offenders with mental disorders and matched controls

    Offenders with mental disorders constitute a particularly exposed group in society, with high rates of morbidity, mortality, and social deprivation. Often thought of primarily as perpetrators, these individual...

    Mats Persson, Henrik Belfrage and Marianne Kristiansson

    BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:91

    Published on: 11 March 2017

  3. Research article

    Prevalence and appropriateness of psychotropic medication prescribing in a nationally representative cross-sectional survey of male and female prisoners in England

    Mental illness is highly prevalent among prisoners. Although psychotropic medicines can ameliorate symptoms of mental illness, prescribers in prisons must balance clinical needs against risks to safety and sec...

    Lamiece Hassan, Jane Senior, Roger T. Webb, Martin Frisher, Mary P. Tully, David While and Jenny J. Shaw

    BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:346

    Published on: 10 October 2016

  4. Research article

    A pilot cluster randomised trial to assess the effect of a structured communication approach on quality of life in secure mental health settings: The Comquol Study

    There is a lack of research in forensic settings examining therapeutic relationships. A structured communication approach, placing patients’ perspectives at the heart of discussions about their care, was used ...

    Douglas MacInnes, Catherine Kinane, Janet Parrott, Jacqueline Mansfield, Tom Craig, Sandra Eldridge, Ian Marsh, Claire Chan, Natalia Hounsome, George Harrison and Stefan Priebe

    BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:335

    Published on: 29 September 2016

  5. Research article

    A longitudinal study of mental health symptoms in young prisoners: exploring the influence of personal factors and the correctional climate

    Despite the high prevalence rate of mental health problems among young prisoners, little is known about the longitudinal course and covariates of their mental health symptoms during incarceration, especially t...

    Leonel C. Gonçalves, Jérôme Endrass, Astrid Rossegger and Anja J. E. Dirkzwager

    BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:91

    Published on: 6 April 2016

  6. Research article

    From positive screen to engagement in treatment: a preliminary study of the impact of a new model of care for prisoners with serious mental illness

    The high prevalence of serious mental illness (SMI) in prisons remains a challenge for mental health services. Many prisoners with SMI do not receive care. Screening tools have been developed but better detect...

    Krishna Pillai, Paul Rouse, Brian McKenna, Jeremy Skipworth, James Cavney, Rees Tapsell, Alexander Simpson and Dominic Madell

    BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:9

    Published on: 15 January 2016

  7. Research article

    Psychiatric and neurological disorders in late adolescence and risk of convictions for violent crime in men

    The relationship between mental illness and violent crime is complex because of the involvement of many other confounding risk factors. In the present study, we analysed psychiatric and neurological disorders ...

    Tomas Moberg, Marlene Stenbacka, Anders Tengström, Erik G. Jönsson, Peter Nordström and Jussi Jokinen

    BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:299

    Published on: 23 November 2015

  8. Research article

    Factors affecting length of stay in forensic hospital setting: need for therapeutic security and course of admission

    Patients admitted to a secure forensic hospital are at risk of a long hospital stay. Forensic hospital beds are a scarce and expensive resource and ability to identify the factors predicting length of stay at ...

    Mary Davoren, Orla Byrne, Paul O’Connell, Helen O’Neill, Ken O’Reilly and Harry G. Kennedy

    BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:301

    Published on: 23 November 2015

  9. Research article

    Recovery and concordance in a secure forensic psychiatry hospital – the self rated DUNDRUM-3 programme completion and DUNDRUM-4 recovery scales

    Detention in a secure forensic psychiatric hospital may inhibit engagement and recovery. Having validated the clinician rated DUNDRUM-3 (programme completion) and DUNDRUM-4 (recovery) in a forensic hospital, w...

    Mary Davoren, Sarah Hennessy, Catherine Conway, Seamus Marrinan, Pauline Gill and Harry G Kennedy

    BMC Psychiatry 2015 15:61

    Published on: 28 March 2015

  10. Research article

    Dynamic relationship between multiple START assessments and violent incidents over time: a prospective cohort study

    Dynamic risk factors need to be assessed repeatedly over time rather than at a single time point to examine the relationship with violence. This predictive validity study sought to examine the degree of dynami...

    Richard Whittington, Johan Håkon Bjørngaard, Andrew Brown, Rajan Nathan, Stephen Noblett and Beverley Quinn

    BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:323

    Published on: 26 November 2014

  11. Research article

    Intimate partner violence and its contribution to mental disorders in men and women in the post genocide Rwanda: findings from a population based study

    In low income countries, mental disorders are a neglected health problem. Mental disorders are influenced by a number of factors in people's everyday life of which intimate partner violence (IPV) commonly form...

    Aline Umubyeyi, Ingrid Mogren, Joseph Ntaganira and Gunilla Krantz

    BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:315

    Published on: 18 November 2014

  12. Case report

    Changed processing of visual sexual stimuli under GnRH-therapy – a single case study in pedophilia using eye tracking and fMRI

    Antiandrogen therapy (ADT) has been used for 30 years to treat pedophilic patients. The aim of the treatment is a reduction in sexual drive and, in consequence, a reduced risk of recidivism. Yet the therapeuti...

    Kirsten Jordan, Peter Fromberger, Helge Laubinger, Peter Dechent and Jürgen L Müller

    BMC Psychiatry 2014 14:142

    Published on: 17 May 2014

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