“Problem Situations” as a Forensic Assessment Instrument: Assessing Parameters and Checking Internal Consistency

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Abstract

In order to standardize “The Problem situations” as a forensic instrument, a study was conducted with the aim to identify the parameters of the assessment and to check the internal consistency of the instrument. The sample consisted of 47 subjects who underwent inpatient forensic psychiatric examination in connection with the decision on the issue of changing their civil status, with schizophrenia, intellectual disabilities and organic mental disorders. Primary and secondary evaluation parameters were identified by the content analysis. Correlation analysis was used to check the internal consistency of the instrument. On the example of the first problematic situation, the procedure for identifying secondary parameters is shown. It has been established that the correlation analysis between the secondary parameters belonging to three categories: causes — consequences — solutions, confirms the results of a qualitative analysis and biclustering. Significant correlations between semantic similar secondary parameters that are related to different problem situations were revealed. A conclusion was made about the internal consistency of the instrument and about its assumed construct validity.

General Information

Journal rubric: Methodological Problems of Legal Psychology

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/psylaw.2023130208

Funding. The reported study was funded by Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation within the framework of the state task, project number in Unified State Accounting Information System for research, development and technological civil works No. 223020202619-5

Received: 02.05.2023

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For citation: Rusakovskaya O.A. “Problem Situations” as a Forensic Assessment Instrument: Assessing Parameters and Checking Internal Consistency [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2023. Vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 94–109. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2023130208. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Olga A. Rusakovskaya, PhD in Medicine, Senior Researcher, Department of Forensic Psychiatric Examination in Civil Proceedings; Associate Professor, Educational and Methodological Department, V.P. Serbsky National Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Faculty of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5602-3904, e-mail: rusakovskaya.o@serbsky.ru

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