Criminology and Forensic Psychiatry

William S. Laufer and Danielle M. Dorn

in The Evolution of Forensic Psychiatry

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Published in print June 2015 | ISBN: 9780199393435
Published online July 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190249694 | DOI:
Criminology and Forensic Psychiatry

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This chapter explores what these sister disciplines have to say to each other, and how the growth of one may, over time, influence the other. Second, it connects some of the leading thinking in criminology to the discipline of forensic psychiatry. Finally, the potential for a more activist and less provincial approach is outlined for both fields. Textbooks and timeless definitions of criminology fail to capture how advances in methods and approaches employed by criminologists mark the field’s progress. The discipline is gaining a sophistication that, in some ways, extends its traditional boundaries. Criminology is becoming a formidable science. From developments in understanding mentally ill offenders; new ways of treating mental illness; to maturing public opinion about mental illness and mental health, this branch of psychiatry is tightly bounded but now so much more equipped to grapple with the most challenging of all questions.

Chapter.  6133 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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