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Criminal Narratives of Mentally Disordered Offenders: An Exploratory Study

Spruin, Elizabeth, Canter, David V., Youngs, Donna E. and Coulston, Belinda (2014) Criminal Narratives of Mentally Disordered Offenders: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 14 (5). pp. 438-455. ISSN 1522-8932

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Abstract

The study explored the personal narratives of Mentally Disordered Offenders (MDOs) and the impact various mental disorders had on the structure of the offenders’ criminal narratives. Seventy adult male offenders who were sectioned under the United Kingdom’s Mental Health Act 2007 were recruited for the study. Participants were provided with a 36 item Criminal Narrative Role Questionnaire. Smallest Space Analysis found four criminal narrative themes (Victim, Revenger, Hero, Professional), which indicated clear distinctions in the narrative experience of MDOs. The major differences were found to be related to the vulnerability of the offender’s mental disorder.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2014 11:58
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 14:37
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/22282

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