2003 issue 4


Volume 12, issue 4

Case report

Assessment of intellectual capacity in clinical diagnosis for the purposes of forensic psychological expertise. Case report

BEATA HINTZE1, Ewa Waszkiewicz2
1. I Klinika Psychiatryczna Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii w Warszawie
2. III Klinika Psychiatryczna Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii w Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 2003, 12 (4), 489-497
Keywords: IQ assessment, forensic-psychiatric expertise, case report


Aim. To present difficulties involved in IQ assessment that are of importance for expert psychiatrists when determining the degree of the subject's accountability in forensic psychiatric expertise.

Case report. A case is described of a 44-yearold patient submitted to forensic psychiatric observation and examinations on the outpatient basis on several occasions. Since the quantitative results of the examinations conducted so far were different, they resulted in various diagnoses with different legal consequences.

Comment. Psychological diagnosis is not identical with psychometric assessment. In the IQ assessment the subject's functioning level must be taken into account. In the paper an attempt was made to indicate significant factors that may affect the IQ assessment.

Address for correspondence:
Adres: Mgr Beata Hintze, 1 Klinika Psychiatryczna IPiN,
02-957 Warszawa, al. Sobieskiego 9. e-mail: bhintze@ipin.edu.pl