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Textbook on Criminology

Textbook on Criminology (7th edn)

Katherine S. Williams
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date: 28 September 2023

9. Mental disorder (psychopathology) and criminalitylocked

9. Mental disorder (psychopathology) and criminalitylocked

  • Andrew Sanders,
  • Richard Young
  •  and Mandy Burton


Course-focused and comprehensive, the Textbook on series provides an accessible overview of the key areas on the law curriculum. This chapter examines the relationship between mental illness and criminality, and the way in which these diseases are viewed by the law. It discusses legal ideas of mental disorder; medical ideas of mental illness; psychopathy; and self-induced mental incapacity.

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