Forensic psychiatry

Charles L Scott, Phillip J. Resnick

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Forensic psychiatry involves those aspects of psychiatry that interface with the legal system. This chapter addresses the following five areas of forensic psychiatry that a general psychiatrist may likely encounter during their career: (1) assessment of malingering, (2) assessment of dangerousness; (3) competency; (4) criminal responsibility; and (5) expert witness testimony. The important principles described in this chapter will assist mental health professionals in their general practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Medical Basis of Psychiatry
Subtitle of host publicationFourth Edition
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781493925285
ISBN (Print)9781493925278
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Competency
  • Dangerousness
  • Expert witness
  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Insanity
  • Malingering
  • Malpractice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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