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Title: Delusional thinking in violent offending : implications for risk assessment and treatment
Author: Hepburn, Eve E.
ISNI:       0000 0004 5920 5430
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2016
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The impact of delusional thinking on the violent behaviour of individuals with psychiatric diagnoses has been explored using a variety of investigative methods. The notion that delusions play a role in an individual’s violent offending has been broadly upheld within the work of this thesis. The nature or function of delusions in this process appears to be affected by a range of mediating and moderating factors. The complexity of these was illustrated during the conduction of a case study. Advances in the understanding of mental disorder as a continuum, alongside the developments of risk assessment and management approaches, seem to provide the potential for an optimum vantage point to formulate the true role of delusions in the cognitive process. Future research should avoid utilising the overarching themes of psychiatric diagnoses or sets of symptoms to explore violence and should focus on considering the functions of individual symptoms or characteristics, as many of these overlap with other clinical and nonclinical populations.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Foren.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: WM Psychiatry