4. Assessing Personality Disorder in Forensic Settings

  1. Phil Willmot1 and
  2. Neil Gordon2
  1. Phil Willmot

Published Online: 14 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470973110.ch4

Working Positively with Personality Disorder in Secure Settings: A Practitioner's Perspective

Working Positively with Personality Disorder in Secure Settings: A Practitioner's Perspective

How to Cite

Willmot, P. (2010) Assessing Personality Disorder in Forensic Settings, in Working Positively with Personality Disorder in Secure Settings: A Practitioner's Perspective (eds P. Willmot and N. Gordon), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470973110.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Rampton Hospital, UK

  2. 2

    Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham University, UK

Author Information

  1. Rampton Hospital, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 22 OCT 2010

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series in Personality Disorders

Book Series Editors:

  1. Eddie Kane

Series Editor Information

  1. Personality Disorder Institute, University of Nottinghamm UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683804

Online ISBN: 9780470973110

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Keywords:

  • assessing personality disorder in forensic settings;
  • assessment, clear understanding of what is being assessed;
  • drawbacks of existing methods - for assessing personality disorder in forensic settings;
  • Alex's case, drawbacks of traditional methods of assessment - with this patient;
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM - IV - TR), - enduring pattern of inner experience and behaviour;
  • Alex's experiences of his absent father - other people as being distant, rejecting and unwilling to meet his needs to be loved or cared for;
  • implicit assumption about patient group - those with antisocial or psychopathic traits;
  • Alex's case, his institutional behaviour - as ‘manipulative’, ‘obsessed with power and control’, ‘psychopathic’ and ‘sadistic’ by those working with him;
  • interpersonal schema maintenance;
  • assessment of patients with personality disorder - a two-way process

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Some drawbacks of existing methods for assessing personality disorder in forensic settings

  • Some principles of assessing personality disorder in forensic settings

  • The assessment process

  • Conclusions

  • References