Violent Offence among Schizophrenics in Forensic Psychiaric Expertise .
Xie Bin, Wang Shiq-ing, Yin Afeili, et. al. Shanghai Mental Health Center, Shanghai 200030
Objective: To investigate the characteristics of violent offence among schizophrenic patients in forensic psychiatric expertise. Method: Clinical, historical and legal variables of 25 cases were numerically analyzed between schizophrenics and mentally normal offenders. Multiple regression was used to inspect the determinants of capacities of appreciating or controlling the criminal behavior. Results: There were significant differences between the two groups in most of the historical and criminal related factors. Variables such as marital status, occupation, motivation and premeditation were associated with the capacity of behavioral appreciation, while motivation and selfprotection were associated with the control capacity. Conclusion: Psychiatric symptoms played important roles in violent commitment among schizophrenic patients.