Erik Bulten

Erik Bulten
Radboud University | RU · Behavioural Science Institute

PhD

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January 2010 - present
RCSW
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  • Lecturer
May 2006 - present
Radboud University
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  • guest reseacher

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Delictanalyse: de missende schakel? Sancties 2022/44 1. Inleiding Sinds het eind van de vorige eeuw hebben zich in de forensische psychiatrie belangrijke ontwikkelingen voorgedaan. Zo is het gemeengoed geworden dat het primaire doel van de forensische psychiatrie gericht is op het voorkomen van recidive en heeft het veiligheids-denken een meer cent...
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Risico's bij het taxeren van risico? Sancties 2022/40 Het inschatten van de kans op recidive door middel van risicotaxatie-instrumenten is in-middels gemeengoed geworden. De discussie over de mogelijkheden en beperkingen van deze risico-inschattingen is echter nog steeds actueel. In dit themanummer komt deze dis-cussie uitgebreid aan de orde. Ook h...
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Delikt en Delinkwent 2022/8 Afl. 2 Verlof is een essentieel onderdeel van de tbs-behandeling. We analyseerden 1313 aanvragen voor begeleid verlof, ingediend tussen 2010-2018 bij het AVT, om patronen in de beoordeling, de duur tot de eerste aanvraag en patiëntkenmerken die daarop van invloed zijn te onderzoeken. De resultaten laten een min of meer...
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Psychopathic individuals typically present with associative learning impairments under explicit learning conditions. The present study aimed to investigate whether the formation of stimulus-outcome associations, as well as updating of these associations after changed contingencies, could be improved by using rewards with sufficiently high subjectiv...
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Background: Displaced aggression occurs when a person encounters a provoking situation, is unable or unwilling to retaliate against the original provocateur, and subsequently aggresses against a target that is not the source of the initial provocation. The displaced aggression questionnaire (DAQ) was developed to measure individual differences in...
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Imprisonment may pose a risk for unintended effects such as deterioration of psychiatric symptoms. Therefore, it is pivotal to understand the relation between imprisonment and the course of psychiatric symptoms, but previous studies are inconclusive. The current study followed up the psychiatric symptoms of newly admitted remand prisoners to one Du...
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Prior laboratory experiments among healthy samples found that training avoidance movements to angry faces may lower anger and aggression, especially people high in trait anger. To enrich this training and make it more suitable for clinical applications, the present researchers developed it into a Virtual Reality Game for Aggressive Impulse Manageme...
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In the Netherlands, Forensic Flexible Assertive Community Treatment (ForFACT) is used as a specialized form of outpatient intensive treatment. This outreaching type of treatment is aimed at patients with severe and long lasting psychiatric problems that are at risk of engaging in criminal behavior. In addition, these patients often suffer from addi...
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Objective: Recovery-oriented care has become more widespread in forensic psychiatric care. To be able to measure recovery it's essential to have an instrument with sound psychometric properties. Research on this in forensic psychiatric care is lacking. In general mental healthcare the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS) shows good psychometric qualitie...
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Objective The main aim was to investigate whether forensic psychiatric inpatients can be distinguished from prisoners and non-offender healthy controls based on their performance on neurocognitive tasks measuring behavioral inhibition and behavioral activation. Method This study used preexisting data from 120 male forensic psychiatric inpatients,...
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In forensic settings, several challenges may affect reliability of assessment of personality pathology, specifically when based upon self-report. This study investigates the Semi-Structured Interview for DSM-5 Personality Functioning (STiP-5.1) to assess level of severity of personality functioning in incarcerated patients. Thirty inpatients of thr...
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Background: A significant proportion of forensic patients in England are long-stayers. This can be problematic as individuals are kept in restrictive environments at potentially inappropriate levels of security for many years, sometimes decades. Improvements to the current English forensic mental health system to meet the needs of long-stay forensi...
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Many forensic psychiatric inpatients have difficulties regulating aggressive behavior. Evidence of effective aggression treatments is limited. We designed and investigated the effectiveness of a transdiagnostic application of a virtual reality aggression prevention training (VRAPT). In this randomized controlled trial at four Dutch forensic psychia...
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For patients in long-term forensic psychiatric care (LFPC), a continuous search for treatment possibilities remains important. An alternative viewpoint to these patients as being untreatable is considering them having low treatment readiness. Treatment readiness incorporates internal client-specific factors as well as factors in the therapeutic sit...
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Previous research showed that the disposition to react with disproportionate aggression in adults is influenced by an interaction between a variant in the X-chromosomal monoamine oxidase A gene (MAOA) and early traumatic events. Such studies have often focused on a single type of trauma, whereas we know that experiencing multiple trauma types is as...
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Recent verscheen weer een nummer van Sancties, het Nederlandstalige tijdschrift dat specifiek gewijd is aan (de tenuitvoerlegging van) straffen en maatregelen. Aandacht voor relationele veiligheid Voor het leven binnen de intramurale forensische zorg zijn beveiliging en gevoelens van (on)veiligheid een aandachtspunt. Meike de Vries en haar co-aut...
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In several European countries, the number of forensic psychiatric hospital beds has increased in recent years. This is in contrast to the decrease in general psychiatric hospital beds in Europe. Although caution is required when interpreting the data, in most European countries the increasing number of forensic psychiatric beds is associated with a...
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Purpose: Low levels of subjective wellbeing in prisoners may relate to mental health problems and difficulties in reintegration after imprisonment. The development of subjective wellbeing during imprisonment is mostly unclear. The purpose of this paper is to explore this development in a longitudinal study in association with mental disorders and...
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Effective interactions between patients and staff have been associated with positive ward climate and therapeutic effects, but also pose a challenge in high secure forensic psychiatric settings. The goal of this study was to gain more insight into i) the characteristics that play a role in how staff members perceive the interpersonal style of patie...
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Aggression Replacement Training (ART) is widely used to reduce aggression and is considered to be effective although there are also inconsistent results. Studies investigating the effectiveness of ART do not focus on neurocognitive characteristics. Focusing on these aspects would result in enhanced understanding of underlying mechanisms of ART. The...
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The psychometric properties and associations between the Essen Climate Evaluation Schema (EssenCES) and the Group Climate Instrument-revised (GCI-r) were examined. These self-report questionnaires assessing ward climate were filled out by 123 male patients, residing in 3 high-secure forensic psychiatric facilities. Good internal consistency was fou...
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The most studied bimodal classifications of aggressive behavior are the impulsive/premeditated distinction measured with the Impulsive Premeditated Aggression Scale and the reactive/proactive distinction measured with the Reactive Proactive Questionnaire. The terms of these classifications are often used interchangeably, assuming that reactive aggr...
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The use of relevant reinforcers during treatment is essential for successful interventions. This especially applies to forensic psychiatric populations, which are known to be resistant to treatment. However, it is not clear which rewards are of importance for different types of forensic patients. The aim of the present study was to investigate rewa...
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Aggression replacement training (ART) is widely used to reduce aggression. Results regarding its effectiveness, however, are inconclusive regarding adults and specific populations displaying severe aggression. The current open uncontrolled treatment study aimed at assessing the social skills and anger control modules of the ART to reduce aggression...
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Forensic psychiatry in Europe is a specialty primarily concerned with individuals who have either offended or present a risk of doing so, and who also suffer from a psychiatric condition. These mentally disordered offenders (MDOs) are often cared for in secure psychiatric environments or prisons. In this guidance paper we first present on overview...
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This rapid review summarises currently available information on the definition, prevalence, characteristics and needs of long-stay patients within forensic psychiatric settings. Sixty nine documents from 14 countries were identified. Reports on what constitutes ‘long-stay’ and on the characteristics of long-stay patients were inconsistent. Factors...
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Objective: Parental rejection in childhood is associated with the increased risk of aggression in adulthood and is thought to contribute to the development of inaccurate beliefs regarding own or others’ behavior (i.e., cognitive distortion) as well. Different forms of aggression are thought to be linked to different types of cognitive distortions....
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Purpose: Aim of this study was to develop a brief version of the Forensic inpatient Quality of Life questionnaire (FQL). Methods: Data from a longitudinal study of quality of life (QoL) among long-term forensic psychiatric care (LFPC) patients (N = 130) were used. Per domain, the FQL item that correlated most highly with the mean domain score an...
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Create an overview of characteristics of patients in long-term forensic psychiatric care (LFPC) with a higher length of stay (LOS) care compared to patients in regular forensic psychiatric care (RFPC) with a shorter LOS. Data were collected from 139 patient records. This study examined whether patients in LFPC differ from patients in RFPC on sociod...
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BACKGROUND In 2013 in the Netherlands about 100 forensic psychiatric patients were treated in tbs-hospitals for 15 years or more. AIM To investigate the variables that characterise patients who have been receiving forensic psychiatric treatment (tbs) for 15 years or more, and to obtain insight in which actions might be helpful to facilitate dischar...
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Individuals with aggression regulation disorders tend to attribute hostility to others in socially ambiguous situations. Previous research suggests that this “hostile attribution bias” is a powerful cause of aggression. Facial expressions form important cues in the appreciation of others’ intentions. Furthermore, accurate processing of facial expre...
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Background: In 2013 in the Netherlands about 100 forensic psychiatric patients were treated in tbs-hospitals for 15 years or more. AIM: To investigate the variables that characterise patients who have been receiving forensic psychiatric treatment (tbs) for 15 years or more, and to obtain insight in which actions might be helpful to facilitate disc...
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Forensische behandeling heeft lange tijd achter gesloten deuren plaatsgevonden. De maatschappij had alleen zicht op wat erin ging, en wat eruit kwam.Verschillende maatschappelijke tendensen waren aanleiding deze geslotenheid niet langer zonder meer te accepteren. Evidence-based werken, verantwoording van de bestede middelen, stagnatie in de behande...
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Background: Quality of life (QoL) is an important issue in long term forensic psychiatric care (LFPC). AIM: To provide an overview of the knowledge that has been obtained over the last few years about patients' QoL in LFPC. METHOD: The quality of life in LFPC has been researched every year since 2007. The research has involved the use of the Foren...
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The objective of this study was to explore current provisions within forensic mental health inpatient services for people who require longer-term care within Europe. We used a structured questionnaire and follow-up semi-structured interviews with experts in forensic psychiatry in 18 European countries. All experts interviewed acknowledged the issue...
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Abbreviated version of the Forensic inpatient Quality of Life Questionnaire
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Questionnaire to assess Quality of Life of (long-term) forensic inpatients
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Abbreviated version of the Forensic inpatient Quality of Life Questionnaire (German version)
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Abbreviated version of the Forensic inpatient Quality of Life Questionnaire (Dutch)
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Abbreviated version of the Forensic inpatient Quality of Life Questionnaire.
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Instrumental or goal-directed aggression is a core feature in violent offenders with psychopathic tendencies. To understand this type of behavior, previous work in the field of aggression has focused on affective processing, with mixed results. We propose that instrumental aggression is best understood in terms of the consequences of affective proc...
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Instrumental or goal-directed aggression is a core feature in violent offenders with psychopathic tendencies. To understand this type of behavior, previous work in the field of aggression has focused on affective processing, with mixed results. We propose that instrumental aggression is best understood in terms of the consequences of affective proc...
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Full text: http://scan.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/nsw040?ijkey=tF3OKt6sZJFRAdE&keytype=ref Criminal behaviour poses a big challenge for society. A thorough understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms underlying criminality could optimize its prevention and management. Specifically, elucidating the neural mechanisms underpinning reward exp...
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Psychopathy is a personality disorder characterized by interpersonal manipulation and callousness, and reckless and impulsive antisocial behavior. It is often seen as a disorder in which profound emotional disturbances lead to antisocial behavior. A lack of fear in particular has been proposed as an etiologically salient factor. In this review, we...
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Domestic violence is the most common form of violence in the Netherlands. This article describes the treatment in everyday practice of clients with substance abuse disorder/dependence and domestic violence. Domestic violence and, more specific, intimate partner violence appears to be a common and important secondary problem in the treatment of clie...
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This study tested the predictive value of attentional bias, emotion recognition, automatic associations, and response inhibition, in the assessment of in-clinic violent incidents. Sixty-nine male forensic patients participated and completed an Emotional Stroop to measure attentional bias for threat and aggression, a Single Target – Implicit Associa...
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Psychopathic individuals are notorious for their controlled goal-directed aggressive behavior. Yet, during social challenges, they often show uncontrolled emotional behavior. Healthy individuals can control their social emotional behavior through anterior prefrontal cortex (aPFC) downregulation of neural activity in the amygdala, with testosterone...
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Within this study the relationship between patient characteristics (age, length of stay, risk, psychopathy) and individual perceived ward climate (n=83), and differences between staff’s and patient perceptions of climate (n=185) was investigated within a high secure forensic hospital. Results show that therapeutic hold was rated higher among staff...
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Earlier studies have suggested associations between diet-related blood parameters and both aggression and psychopathological symptoms, but little is known about this in forensic psychiatric inpatients. This article aims to explore the levels of diet-related blood parameters and their relationship to aggressive behaviour and/or psychopathology among...
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Objective: To compare quality of life (QoL) ratings of long term forensic psychiatric care patients with the ratings of psychiatric nurses, in which the nurses indicate how they think the patient would answer. Methods: Agreement on QoL-scores according to the Forensic inpatient Quality of Life Questionnaire (FQL) was investigated for seventy- se...
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Mental health care in prisons involves many stakeholders. As a consequence, the goals involved are divergent but there is no sound theoretical framework that accounts for the complexity of care in prison. This paper considers a broad theory and its conceptual framework that differentiates between prisoners with emotional suffering and those without...
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Sanct ies Tijdschrijt over straffen en maatregelen . Van redactiewege: 285 f.1'. Balkema, Het buitenbeentje van liet gevangeniswezen gewogen Artikelen: -288 E. Thoonen en W. Duifst Overlijden onder zorg van de politie; zorgplicht overheid en Nederlandse praktijk 300 H., Forensische indicadestelling: naar een professioneel con sistente praktijk 312...
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A substantial group of forensic psychiatric patients require (life)long forensic psychiatric care. Instead of aiming at re-entry into society, treatment in long-term forensic psychiatric care (LFPC) is principally aimed at medical and psychiatric care and optimising quality of life (QoL). To assess QoL in LFPC, the influence of both the mental disor...