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Pol. Merkur. Lek (Pol. Med. J.), 2013, XXXIV/201: 150-153 Maximize

Pol. Merkur. Lek (Pol. Med. J.), 2013, XXXIV/201: 150-153

Title: Psychopathological and psychosocial aspects of military crimes

Authors: Woś J., Florkowski A., Zboralski K.

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Psychopathological and psychosocial aspects of military crimes

Woś J., Florkowski A., Zboralski K.

Medical University of Lodz, Poland, Department of Adult Psychiatry

Crimes in the military, as well as criminal behaviors in the civilian community are determined by multiple factors. However, in case of military crimes committed by soldiers on active duty, an important part of forensic psychiatric opinion, is to assess whether occurring mental disorder resulted in inability to perform military duties. The aim of the study was to investigate the psychopathological and psychosocial determinants of criminal behavior in soldiers who committed military crime.
Material and methods
. The study included 122 soldiers who committed military crime. Material for this study consisted of forensic psychiatric opinions formed on the order of military prosecutor and the military judicial authorities.
Results
. The results indicate that military crimes are determined by multiple factors. In most cases, the criminal behavior was associated with personality disorder (70%), alcohol problems (43%) and psychoactive substance use (30%). Psychosocial factors analysis revealed more frequent behavioral problems during childhood and adolescence (51%), history of parental alcohol problem (31%) and previous criminal record (29%).
Conclusion
. Forensic psychiatric examinations revealed that military crimes are more frequent in soldiers on compulsory military service, and in those with personality disorder or/and alcohol problems.

Key words: military crimes, psychopathological and psychosocial aspects

Pol. Merk. Lek., 2013, XXXIV, 201, 150