Offenders with 'personality disorder' diagnosis
Jones, Lawrence F.
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This chapter provides an overview of issues involved in the assessment of offenders with personality disorders and references for further reading. Prior to developing an initial case formulation, it can be useful to use psychometric measures to provide an overview of problems, needs and symptoms which can later be addressed in the case formulation. Typically, standardized batteries for offenders with personality disorders assess both features of personality disorder and criminogenic factors. In order to improve the validity of an assessment it is useful to measure the construct in a number of different ways. This is particularly true in the forensic context where there are a number of factors that are likely make it difficult for an individual to be open and honest in their responses to psychometric measures. It is always useful to contrast self-report with observational assessment.