Considering the motivational social desirability at the psychodiagnostic of the mentally ill with criminal history



The article presents the results of using the Questionnaire social desirability BIDR (Paulhus, 1988) in the adaptation of E. N. Osin (2007) while studying the subjective assessments of 140 males with mental disorders. Additionally all patients were interviewed by check-list “Attitudes to the aspects of the compulsory treatment” (Bulygina V.G., Kabanova T.N., 2011), self-report about the existing problems in social functioning and Symptom Checklist (SCL-90-R, Derogatis, 1986). There were analyzed the associations between the profile of the motivation social desirable with clinical and social variables, characteristics of behavior in the forensic hospital, subjective assessments of problems in social functioning and various aspects of compulsory treatment and psychopathological symptoms. It is revealed that the motivational profile determines the amount of the claimed problems in social functioning, perception of disease severity and subjective likelihood of re social dangerous acts, the specificity of representative behavior in relation to medical personnel, evaluation of treatment success.

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Keywords: motivation, social desirability, mentally ill, subjective assessment of compulsory treatment.

Journal rubric: Forensic and Clinical Psychology in Legal Context

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Kabanova T.N., Makurina A.P., Bulygina V.G., Makurin A.A. Considering the motivational social desirability at the psychodiagnostic of the mentally ill with criminal history [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2015. Vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 29–39. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Tatiana N. Kabanova, PhD in Psychology, Senior science researcher of the Laboratory of psychohygiene and psychoprophylaxis, Federal State Budgetary Institution “V. Serbsky National Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology” of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Anna. P. Makurina, junior researcher, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Vera G. Bulygina, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Head of Laboratory of Psychohygiene and Psychoprophylaxis, V.P. Serbsky National Medical Research Center of Psychiatry and Narcology of the Ministry of Health of Russian Federation, Professor, Department of Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Faculty of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Anton A. Makurin, Junior Researcher, V.P. Serbsky State Research Centre for Social and Forensic Psychiatry, Health Ministry of Russia, Moscow, Russia



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