ERIC Number: ED326755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug-13
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Murdering while Asleep: Clinical and Forensic Issues.
Gilmore, John Vaughn
On the basis of the relevant research literature, this article discusses adult sleepwalking disorders, and focuses particularly on the documented cases of violence occurring during sleepwalking. Important diagnostic elements are reviewed, including family history, age of onset, gender, stages of sleep, impairments in memory and judgment, automatic nature of behavior, the role of trigger factors (such as drugs, alcohol, excessive fatigue, and stress), and the potential risk of harm to the bed partner. Treatment recommendations are discussed, including using no drugs, taking special precautions, maintaining a regular sleep-wake cycle, and getting a complete assessment by a sleep expert. The central forensic issues are outlined, focusing on diagnostic elements and issues related to criminal responsibility. A case study is presented of a 27-year-old father of four who had been charged with assault and battery, allegedly having assaulted his wife in the night with a broken bottle. The case study is presented in detail and concludes with a summary of clinical opinion. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (98th, Boston, MA, August 10-14, 1990).