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

By Mats Dernevik, Alison Beck, Martin Grann, Todd Hogue and James McGuire

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\ud 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\ud 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

Topics: C800 Psychology, C890 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1080/13501760902771217
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:2840
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