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Crime and mental illness: it’s no one-size-fits-all situation


Crime and mental illness: it’s no one-size-fits-all situation

Forensics needs better, more ' culture-fair' data on this and personality disorders to combat crime, say experts

Senior science reporter

Whenever the Global Peace Index measures personal safety and peace across the globe, SA appears as one of the most crime-ridden spots on Earth, and has, in particular, one of the highest murder rates.

This is often put down to the country’s tortured past, the grinding poverty experienced by many, and the ongoing inequality more than two decades after apartheid.

But, according to local forensic psychologists, not enough attention has been paid to the issue of mental illnesses in individuals and, more specifically, the fact that these can manifest differently in different cultures...

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