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Behav Sci Law. 2010 Mar-Apr;28(2):277-88. doi: 10.1002/bsl.931.

Dangerous severe personality disorder: the controversy continues.

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Law and Psychiatry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital 34 Bates St, Cambridge, MA 02140, USA. jamesbeck56@gmail.com

Abstract

Following a high profile murder in 1996, the government in England moved to involuntarily contain individuals, almost all men, who were thought to be at risk of violence and to have a personality disorder. In 2008 the Dangerous Severe Personality Disorder program of assessment, commitment and treatment for this newly defined legal category of persons went into effect. The program was initially opposed by a majority of the forensic psychiatrists in England, but consistently supported by a minority.

PMID:
20422650
DOI:
10.1002/bsl.931
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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