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Role of Inattention in the Relationship Between Mental Illness and Crime

NCJ Number
Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice Volume: 13 Issue: 4 Dated: July-September 2013 Pages: 315-325
Na Zhu, M.Ed.; Heather M. Moulden, Ph.D.; Heather McNeely, Ph.D.; Mini Mamak, Ed.D.
Date Published
August 2013
11 pages
This study examined the relationship between attention problems and criminality in forensic patients.
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between attention problems and criminality in forensic patients and determine whether such problems differentiate forensic from non-forensic psychiatric patients in degree or type of impairment. Thirty-six participants were recruited from inpatient mental health programs. Participants were administered the Conner's Continuous Performance Test II and completed the World Health Organization Adult ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder] Self-Report Scale Symptom Checklist. Although no significant correlation was found between the measures of attention problems and criminality, inattention was found to be overrepresented in the forensic mental health patients compared to the base rate in the general population. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.