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n South African Journal of Psychiatry - Psychiatric diagnosis in legal settings

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1608-9685
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Abstract

When asked to give a diagnosis in legal settings practitioners should be mindful of the tentative nature of psychiatric diagnoses and that courts require that such a diagnosis must have scientific credibility. South African courts are not explicit about the test they will apply to determine whether a diagnosis is scientifically credible, but some guidance can be found in United States case law. This paper examines these criteria with reference to the disorders included in the <I>Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders&lt;/I&gt; (DSM-IV-TR).

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2005-09-01
2016-12-10

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