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Application of psychological theories to offenders.

1. How do you apply a psychological theory to offender behavior? (i.e., schizophrenia).

2. How do you describe a clients background, current presentation, and behavior from a perspective that takes into consideration theories of offender and/or victim psychology to support your position. (i.e., exclusion/elimination).

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An individual, who commits a crime, yet has not been diagnosed with a psychological disorder such as schizophrenia will most likely exhibit signs of the disorder during interrogation or during the trial process. Hefron, (2006) claims that schizophrenia is the most prevalent psychosis among death row inmates. In an Australian study it has been proven that 3 out of 5 individuals with schizophrenia were more likely to commit a crime.
Symptoms of Schizophrenia include disorderly thought, delusions of grandeur, hallucinations, a difficult time recalling memories, infrequent speaking, short attention spans and ...

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This solution is comprised of over 350 words with references on psychological theories applied to offenders and the consideration of the applied theories when deciding to exclude or eliminate this information as a therapist.