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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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CUTRIM JR, Ruy Justo C.; FORTE STUCHI, Luísa  e  MARTINS VALENCA, Alexandre. Schizotypical Disorder or Schizophrenia? Assessment of Penal Responsibility in a Patricide Case. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2013, vol.42, n.3, pp.292-294. ISSN 0034-7450.

Abstract Patricide is the murder of one of the parents. We report a case of a man who had committed two homicides, at different times, one of them being considered a parricide. He was referred for forensic psychiatric evaluation and later evaluated in a psychiatric assistance service. Psychiatric interview was carried out and the final psychiatric diagnosis was established based on the DSM-IV-TR criteria and retrospective analysis of forensic and clinical records. The court appointed forensic experts concluded that the patient suffered from schizotypical disorder, presenting cognitive and volitive impairment . He was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Later, in a second assessment, being in a psychiatric assistance service, the patient received a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. The determination of criminal responsibility is essential to the proper disposition of convicted persons in any system of criminal law that protects human rights.

Palavras-chave : Schizotypical disorder; Paranoid schizophrenia; Violence; Crime; Patricide; Forensic psychiatry.

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