Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology (J FORENSIC PSYCHI PS)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology is the leading international journal in the field. Throughout the world, psychiatrists, psychologists, criminologists, lawyers, sociologists, social workers and other legal and medical professionals use this journal as their major forum for penetrating, informed global debate on the latest developments and disputes affecting the practice of forensic psychiatry. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology publishes in-depth case studies, current research and short articles on mental health, crime and the law. This acclaimed journal is essential to all serious psychiatric or legal collections.

Current impact factor: 0.88

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2009 Impact Factor 0.676

Additional details

5-year impact 0.91
Cited half-life 6.80
Immediacy index 0.18
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.26
Website Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology website
Other titles Journal of forensic psychiatry & psychology (Online), Journal of forensic psychiatry and psychology
ISSN 1478-9949
OCLC 56435120
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Executive functions are still developing during adolescence. It is important to analyse if juvenile delinquency is related to a delay in the development of these functions. The objective of this study was to analyse cognitive inhibition and flexibility, two components of executive functions, in juvenile delinquents. Participants were 81 males, 17.46 ± 1.60 years old. Three groups were compared: a juvenile delinquent inmate group (IG), an age- paired group (APG), and an age- and education-paired group (AEPG). A modified Stroop task was used to assess cognitive inhibition and flexibility. The IG and the AEPG (low-education adolescents) had significantly more difficulties than the APG on inhibition; the IG and the AEPG had no significant differences. No group differences were found on flexibility. Since all low-education adolescents have difficulties on inhibition, these difficulties are not an exclusive characteristic of juvenile delinquents. Analysis of cognitive processes in juvenile delinquents must control for education to determine how specific are the difficulties found in these adolescents.
    Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 10/2015; 26(1):60-77. DOI:10.1080/14789949.2014.971852
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Interpersonal violent behavior is often induced by extreme emotional states but the effects of emotional stimuli on this behavior remain poorly understood. Aim: We compared the effects of emotional stimuli on behavior in individuals with a history of impulsive or instrumental violence to test for either general problems in processing of emotional stimuli or problems in disengagement from this type of information. Methods: Behavioral and electrophysiological data were collected using emotional stimuli preceding a Posner Cuing Task. Results: Impulsive violent individuals showed more attentional resource allocation to angry faces whereas instrumental violent individuals attended less to sad faces. Electrophysiological measures showed there were differences in attentional allocation leading to differences when disengaging from invalid emotional cues, rather than a pattern indicating differences in early processing in extrastriate cortex. Conclusions: Different emotion-attention problems are seen in impulsive and instrumental violent offenders due to abnormalities in disengaging attention from specific types of emotional content.
    Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 02/2015; DOI:10.1080/14789949.2015.1004633
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    ABSTRACT: The incidence of adolescent offending has been shown to be different for young males and females. However, there is a lack of literature concerning adolescent female offenders, and despite research suggesting that personality factors may be linked with antisocial and criminal behaviour in adolescents and young adults; there have been a lack of studies investigating intra-sex personality differences in young female populations. The Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory, a 160-item self-report personality measure, was administered to 26 non-offending and 28 offending adolescent females. It was found that the offending group was significantly less submissive, less conforming, more forceful, more oppositional and more likely to exhibit borderline personality traits than the control group. The offending group also had higher reported incidences of childhood abuse and family conflict, and were more prone to substance abuse, impulsive actions and suicide ideation. These initial findings suggest that personality differences may well exist between offending and non-offending adolescent females.
    Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 02/2015; DOI:10.1080/14789949.2015.1007515
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    ABSTRACT: Integrated care can introduce seamless coordinated pathways that are focused around the individual needs of patients, helping to prevent missed opportunities for intervention. Within offender healthcare, sequential funnelling through designated areas where screening can take place, along with co-location of services, lends itself to integrated working, at least in theory. However, within the offender healthcare pathway, service fragmentation and autonomous, disconnected (often referred to as siloed) working, has historically been the norm. If commissioned and designed to ensure and incentivise connections between services, whilst developing high quality service-focused research activities, pathways could enable clinical and social interventions, and outcomes, on a public health scale for these highly morbid populations. As such, offender healthcare offers a real opportunity to model integration for wider introduction across other health and social care areas. Discussed within is the call for integration, its concept, and its role within offender healthcare.
    Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 09/2014; DOI:10.1080/14789949.2014.960440
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    ABSTRACT: Although screening has become an established procedure in prison health care, some difficulties persist. In attempts to improve this, many local adaptations have been introduced, but few have been evaluated. We introduced an adaptation – mental health expertise (a Community Psychiatric Nurse, CPN) – into the reception area of a busy remand prison, and compared standard and enhanced assessment procedures over a six-month period. Referrals (n = 67) were significantly more likely to be suitable for onward caseworking by the clinical team after a CPN was introduced. The team showed little evidence of the ‘mission creep’ (where teams operating at a secondary level absorb mental health problems at a primary care level) that has been described elsewhere in the literature. Despite its limitations, this evaluation suggests that prison pathways can be improved by relatively inexpensive local initiatives, and that advancing specific mental health expertise into prison reception areas can enhance existing processes.
    Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 09/2014; DOI:10.1080/14789949.2014.955810
  • Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 08/2014; 25(6):748-749. DOI:10.1080/14789949.2014.943942
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Most research on violent perpetrators is based on male samples. Aims: To compare girls and boys admitted to an adolescent forensic unit due to physically violent and/or sexually coercive behavior. Methods: On an adolescent forensic ward, demographics, family, treatment, crime and victimization histories, diagnose, psychiatric symptoms and violent behaviors during care of all adolescents are collected in a cumulative database. These were compared between girls and boys admitted due to violent behaviors. Results: Girls were more often diagnosed with schizophrenia group psychoses. The symptom profiles and violence risk ratings did not differ by sex. The girls were less antisocial in general. They were more suicidal and displayed more promiscuous behaviors, and they had more commonly been victims of sexual abuse. During inpatient care they displayed much more often violent and uncontrollable behaviors than the boys. Conclusion: Treatment approaches that respond to the special needs of aggressive girls are required.
    Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 08/2014; 25(6):636-657. DOI:10.1080/14789949.2014.943795
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    ABSTRACT: Many studies reported high prevalence of reading disability (RD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among delinquent adolescents. Very few have examined their cognitive profile. The present study compared the executive functions (EFs) and severity of delinquency in delinquent adolescents with RD and/or ADHD symptoms (AS). Delinquents with AS (n=29), RD (n=24), comorbidity AS+RD (n=35) were recruited from juvenile institutions along with typically developing controls (n=29) from local schools; all completed EF assessments and self-report questionnaires on delinquency. Results showed that pure AS group exhibited impaired inhibition while the pure RD group was weak in processing speed and visual memory. The comorbidity group showed unique impairments in interference control and significantly higher delinquency severity. The present findings suggest that comorbidity AS+RD may influence delinquency severity. It also provides a more comprehensive picture of the unique EF deficits associated with different groups, allowing for better matching for future identification and intervention programme.
    Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 08/2014; 35(11):3046-3056. DOI:10.1016/j.ridd.2014.07.046
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    ABSTRACT: Screening for mental health problems on reception into custody has been criticised. However, there have been few studies on care pathways through custody as a result of screening identification. We aimed to identify what actions were taken as a result of screening positive for suicidal ideation and mental health problems. Case records for 2166 prisoners newly received into five prisons in England and documented contact with health care professionals in the following month were examined by hand over a four-month period. Altogether, 3% of prisoners were screened as having current suicidal ideas, of whom 30% had no contact with mental health services or risk assessment documentation. Another 21% of new receptions received psychotropic medication, for whom over 60% received no primary mental health assessment, and only 36% received psychotropic medication in prison. Care pathways need to be defined, and screening needs to be delivered as originally intended by initial screen for life-threatening matters, followed by a later, comprehensive assessment of health needs. Full text for first 50 downloaders: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/wIyCdFzafvWhYah7t4QP/full
    Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 08/2014; 25(4):371-379. DOI:10.1080/14789949.2014.911947
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    ABSTRACT: Appetitive violence is a form of proactive violence; its purpose is to generate or maintain a positive emotional state and, possibly, to strengthen social bonds. Portrayals of an increasing frequency of youth acts of appetitive violence have contributed to a perception that aggressive delinquents are callous and predatory. However, the characteristics of these youth and the nature of their violent behaviour have not been elucidated. This study compared demographic and psychological characteristics of 143 young violent offenders according to whether or not they had a history of appetitive violence. It was hypothesised that youth with a history of appetitive violence would score higher on a measure of psychopathy and that their violence would be perpetrated within the context of a group assault. Results revealed that acts of appetitive violence were perpetrated exclusively by males and were more likely to occur when co-offenders were present. Psychopathy did not differentiate the youth. These results suggest that appetitive violence perpetrated by young offenders is the product of social factors rather than individual psychopathology.
    Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 08/2014; 25(4):451-463. DOI:10.1080/14789949.2014.933860
  • Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 07/2014; 25(5):503-519. DOI:10.1080/14789949.2014.933863
  • Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 07/2014; 25(5):613-622. DOI:10.1080/14789949.2014.933859
  • Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 07/2014; 25(5):520-534. DOI:10.1080/14789949.2014.934704
  • Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology 07/2014; 25(5):574-583. DOI:10.1080/14789949.2014.943793