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Part II ISQ Club - Forensic

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1. 30% of homicides are committed by people with mental illness.

2. People with learning difficulties are more likely to commit acts of serious violence.

3. In spousal violence the women hits first in 20%.

4. Shoplifting is likely to be repeated if associated with mental illness.

5. 25% of prisoners have epilepsy.

6. Arson is likely to be repeated if associated with epilepsy.

7. An adversarial system is used in common law jurisdiction.

8. People with learning disabilities have higher conviction rates than the general population.

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1. 30% of homicides are committed by people with mental illness.

FALSE

Prior contact with mental health services in 14%

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2. People with learning difficulties are more likely to commit acts of serious violence.

FALSE

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3. In spousal violence the women hits first in 20%.

FALSE!

http://www.landwave.com/family/

Apparently women initiate violence as often as men…however data collected from the National Crime Victimization Survey (Bureau of Justice Statistics) consistently find that no matter what the rate of violence or who initiates the violence, women are 7 to 10 times more likely to be injured in acts of intimate violence than are men.

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answer to ques 2.people with learning disability are more likely to commit acts of serious violence .

FALSE .

pg 73 seminars in practical forensic psychiatry.

offenders with learning disability are more likely to commit a wider range of offences than those of normal abilities and there is some evidence that they have higher rates of recidivism. serious violence less common , arson and sexual offences are both over represented in hospital based cohorts. :)

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5. 25% of prisoners have epilepsy.

FALSE - 1%

BMJ. 2002 June 22; 324 (7352): 1495

Prevalence of epilepsy in prisoners: systematic review

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6. Arson is likely to be repeated if associated with epilepsy - FALSE

Shorter oxford textbook lists antisocial PD, mental retardation, social isolation, sexual gratification/tension relief as giving increased risk of further offence.

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6. Arson is likely to be repeated if associated with epilepsy.

FALSE

‘Kindling theory’ in arson: how dangerous are firesetters?

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry June 2004, vol. 38, no. 6, pp. 419-425(7)

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7. An adversarial system is used in common law jurisdiction.

TRUE

Manchester course & OTP

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8. People with learning disabilities have higher conviction rates than the general population.

TRUE

OTP

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5.25% of prisoners have epilepsy .

FALSE

pg 76 seminars in practical forensic psychiatry .

epilepsy amongst prisoners is twice that of the general population but not greatly different from the rate found in most disadvantageous socioeconomic groups. :o

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1. False - During a 3-year period between 1996 and 1999 a confidential inquiry into suicides and homicides identified 164 homicides committed by people with symptoms of mental illness at the time of the killing. The mentally ill perpetrators accounted for 15% of the total number of killings in the period under study.

Companion to Psychiatric Studies (p.705)

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2. False - 2 offences were held as more common in people with mild LD - sex offending and arson.

Companion to Psychiatric Studies (p.570)

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3. False - it is not the case that women hit their partners first in 20% incidents of spousal abuse. I don't believe this statistic is known but I would imagine it would be much less.

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4. True - most shoplifting has nothing to do with mental illness. Gibbens followed up 532 women who had shoplifted 10 years earlier and found rates of subsequent psychiatric admission 3x expected. &nbsp:lol:epressive disorders were the most common, but a unitary causal model for the offence is often inadequate.

Shoplifting is often seen in association with substance abuse, residual SCZ, organic states or in states of absent-mindedness.

Companion to Psychiatric Studies (p.715)

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5. False - epilepsy is overrepresented in prisoners but offending in epileptics is rarely ictal.

Puri & Hall (p.430)

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6. False - the contributing factors to arson are multifactorial and epilepsy is not described as a factor predisposing to repeated arsonist behaviour.

Companion to Psychiatric Studies (p. 715)

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7. True - adversarial system is used in common law cases, i.e. presence of lawyers, judge, jury etc.

Manchester Course

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8. True - people with LD do have higher conviction rates. People with LD may place themselves at risk due to lack of understanding of society's norms and chronic low self-esteem. They are also more likely to give false confessions.

Companion to Psychiatric Studies (p. 570)

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2.people with LD are more likely to commit acts of serious violence........ TRUE

Ref: MCQ's by COMPANION TO PSYCHIATRIC STUDIES.. page 216..... No. 28.4©

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Q2 People with LD are more likely to commit serious acts of violence

False- The reference given by the Companion MCQ reveals the opposite of the answer (ie ? faulty answer)

Companion to P S p 813 para 1, line 4

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4) shoplifting is likely to be repeated if associated with a mental illness ?

answer- false

as most offences of acquisition are committed by normal people ( seminar-forensic pg 41 ) i would assume that it would be more likely repeated by a professional shoplifter .

also easily treated mental illnesses / depression would be unlikely to reoffend after treatment . ???

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