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Volume 9, suplement 2

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Offender’s personality disorder and its contribution to the diagnosis of motivational processes

JÓZEF K. GIEROWSKI1
1. Zakładu Patologii Społecznej Katedry Psychiatrii CM UJ w Krakowie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 2000, 9, suplement 2(10), 203-211
Keywords: personality disorders, offenders' motivation, forensic psychological expertise

Abstract

The forensic psychologist is confrontedwith a number of difficulties and diagnosticproblems when trying to reach a conclusive expertopinion in cases of offenders with personality disorders.He can overcome these problems by applyinga model incorporating both personality variables andthe situational motivational context into his diagnosticprocedure. By taking into consideration the motivationalfactors affecting selected dimensions of theoffender's motivational processes, the forensic psychologistis able to obtain a picture of the functionalstate of the offender's personality together with itscurrent regulative and integrative functions. Themotivation of offenders manifesting the aforementioneddisorders will be much more accurate andreliable if the systemic approach to personality disorderssuggested by AndrzejJakubik is applied.

Address for correspondence:
Pro! Józef K. Gierowski, Zakład Patologii Społecznej Katedry Psychiatrii CM UJ,
ul. Kopernika 21, 31-501 Kraków