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ERIC Number: EJ817015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Definitions of Insanity in College Students
Geiger, John F.; Weinstein, Lawrence
College Student Journal, v42 n4 p990-997 Dec 2008
The legal concept of insanity has had many definitions throughout the years, and the precise definition used is critical in determining the status of a person in the legal system. Past research has demonstrated that different professions working in the legal system cannot agree on the definition of insanity (Weinstein & Geiger, 2003). However, many times the final decision of sanity vs. insanity is made by 12 laypersons-the jury. In the present study, 177 undergraduate students were asked to rate seven different definitions of insanity. There were differences in the level of agreement between the seven definitions, and also differences between professionals and college students were found for 3 definitions: The medical model, the sociological model, and the psychometric model. In addition, depression and alcoholism were viewed as more onset controllable than paranoid schizophrenia. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A