Get Alert
Please Wait... Processing your request... Please Wait.
You must sign in to sign-up for alerts.

Please confirm that your email address is correct, so you can successfully receive this alert.

Article   |    
The Behavior of Mentally Disordered Criminals in Civil Mental Hospitals
N. J. Beran; A. M. Hotz
Psychiatric Services 1984; doi:
View Author and Article Information

Ohio Dominican College, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219

Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Columbus; Department of Mental Health, Office of Program Evaluation and Research

1984 by the American Psychiatric Association

text A A A
PDF of the full text article.

Because of changes in Ohio mental health legislation in 1978, mentally disordered criminal offenders can now be turned over to the civil probate court for civil commitment procedures. In part because many officials in the civil hospital system fear the admission of dangerous criminals into their hospitals, the authors conducted a statewide research project to compare civil and criminal patients on demographic, diagnostic, and behavioral variables. There were no differences between the two groups on some indices of dangerousness, but on other variables the two groups differed. Sometimes it was not the forensic but the civil patients who appeared more threatening. In all, the forensic patients did not constitute a unique class of patients who are clearly and categorically more dangerous than civil patients. The findings suggest a more open-door policy toward forensic clients in the civil mental health system.

Abstract Teaser
Figures in this Article

Your Session has timed out. Please sign back in to continue.
Sign In Your Session has timed out. Please sign back in to continue.
Sign In to Access Full Content
Sign in via Athens (What is this?)
Athens is a service for single sign-on which enables access to all of an institution's subscriptions on- or off-site.
Not a subscriber?

Subscribe Now/Learn More

PsychiatryOnline subscription options offer access to the DSM-5 library, books, journals, CME, and patient resources. This all-in-one virtual library provides psychiatrists and mental health professionals with key resources for diagnosis, treatment, research, and professional development.

Need more help? PsychiatryOnline Customer Service may be reached by emailing PsychiatryOnline@psych.org or by calling 800-368-5777 (in the U.S.) or 703-907-7322 (outside the U.S.).




CME Activity

There is currently no quiz available for this resource. Please click here to go to the CME page to find another.
Submit a Comments
Please read the other comments before you post yours. Contributors must reveal any conflict of interest.
Comments are moderated and will appear on the site at the discertion of APA editorial staff.

* = Required Field
(if multiple authors, separate names by comma)
Example: John Doe

Related Content
Gabbard's Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, 4th Edition > Chapter 50.  >
Gabbard's Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, 4th Edition > Chapter 50.  >
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, 4th Edition > Chapter 33.  >
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychopharmacology, 4th Edition > Chapter 62.  >
Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry > Chapter 62.  >
Topic Collections
Psychiatric News
PubMed Articles