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Psychopathology and weapon choice: a study of 103 perpetrators of homicide or attempted homicide.
Forensic Sci Int. 2011 Jun 15; 209(1-3):149-53.FS

Abstract

The aim of this study was to ascertain if a relationship between weapon choice and psychopathology existed. The perpetrators (103) were evaluated at the Department of Criminology and Forensic Psychiatry of the University of Bari in southern Italy. Psychiatric examination and psycho-diagnostic tests were administered for each of the perpetrators and a database was subsequently formulated. The results showed a significant correlation between some types of mental disorder and weapon choice. A strong correlation was found between delusional disorders and the use of sharp weapons, whereas depressive disorders were more strongly associated with asphyxia. Organic disorders were found to be highly correlated with the use of blunt instruments. In cases where the homicide was the result of an impulsive reaction, the use of sharp weapons was most often observed.

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Department of Forensic Psychiatry (DIMIMP), University of Bari, Policlinico, Bari, Italy. r.catanesi@criminologia.uniba.itNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21316880

Citation

Catanesi, Roberto, et al. "Psychopathology and Weapon Choice: a Study of 103 Perpetrators of Homicide or Attempted Homicide." Forensic Science International, vol. 209, no. 1-3, 2011, pp. 149-53.
Catanesi R, Carabellese F, Troccoli G, et al. Psychopathology and weapon choice: a study of 103 perpetrators of homicide or attempted homicide. Forensic Sci Int. 2011;209(1-3):149-53.
Catanesi, R., Carabellese, F., Troccoli, G., Candelli, C., Grattagliano, I., Solarino, B., & Fortunato, F. (2011). Psychopathology and weapon choice: a study of 103 perpetrators of homicide or attempted homicide. Forensic Science International, 209(1-3), 149-53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2011.01.019
Catanesi R, et al. Psychopathology and Weapon Choice: a Study of 103 Perpetrators of Homicide or Attempted Homicide. Forensic Sci Int. 2011 Jun 15;209(1-3):149-53. PubMed PMID: 21316880.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Psychopathology and weapon choice: a study of 103 perpetrators of homicide or attempted homicide. AU - Catanesi,Roberto, AU - Carabellese,Felice, AU - Troccoli,Giuseppe, AU - Candelli,Chiara, AU - Grattagliano,Ignazio, AU - Solarino,Biagio, AU - Fortunato,Francesca, Y1 - 2011/02/12/ PY - 2010/04/07/received PY - 2011/01/11/revised PY - 2011/01/15/accepted PY - 2011/2/15/entrez PY - 2011/2/15/pubmed PY - 2011/11/5/medline SP - 149 EP - 53 JF - Forensic science international JO - Forensic Sci. Int. VL - 209 IS - 1-3 N2 - The aim of this study was to ascertain if a relationship between weapon choice and psychopathology existed. The perpetrators (103) were evaluated at the Department of Criminology and Forensic Psychiatry of the University of Bari in southern Italy. Psychiatric examination and psycho-diagnostic tests were administered for each of the perpetrators and a database was subsequently formulated. The results showed a significant correlation between some types of mental disorder and weapon choice. A strong correlation was found between delusional disorders and the use of sharp weapons, whereas depressive disorders were more strongly associated with asphyxia. Organic disorders were found to be highly correlated with the use of blunt instruments. In cases where the homicide was the result of an impulsive reaction, the use of sharp weapons was most often observed. SN - 1872-6283 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21316880/Psychopathology_and_weapon_choice:_a_study_of_103_perpetrators_of_homicide_or_attempted_homicide_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0379-0738(11)00032-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -