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Crime and Mental Illness: Impulsivity and Jealousy in a Case of Uxoricide

Chiara Sarappa1, Gianpiero Sica1, Cecilia Aurino1, Stefania Auricchio1, Claudio Buccelli2, Pierpaolo Di Lorenzo3 and Diana Galletta4*

1Department of Neurosciences, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

2Department of Public Medicine and Social Security, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

3Department of Public Medicine and Social Security, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

4Division of Clinical Psychodiagnostics and Neuropsychology, University of Naples Federico II, Italy

*Corresponding Author:
Diana Galletta
Department of Neurosciences
University of Naples Federico II
School of Medicine, via Pansini n. 5
CAP 80131, Naples, Italy
Tel: +393396515093
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: September 23, 2013; Accepted date: October 29, 2013; Published date: October 31, 2013

Citation: Sarappa C, Sica G, Aurino C, Auricchio S, Buccelli C, et al. (2013) Crime and Mental Illness: Impulsivity and Jealousy in a Case of Uxoricide. J Forensic Res 4:202. doi:10.4172/2157-7145.1000202

Copyright: © 2013 Sarappa C, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Psychiatry has always played both a clinical and controller role of social dangerousness, in a culturally accepted vision. This variety of roles appears to be much more evident when psychiatry aims to study the relationships between aggressiveness, impulsivity, mental illness and crime. In those cases, psychiatrists must assess the capability to judge when a crime is committed, that is to say the imputability of a culprit affected by a mental illness, (articles 88 and 89 of the Italian Penal Code). There are cases in which a culprit suffers of a “major” mental illness, such as those belonging to the Axis I of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV-Text Revision (DSM IV-TR), or those which the classic psychopathology describes as schizophrenic psychosis or manic-depressive psychosis, but the culprit’s capability to distinguish between right and wrong is not impaired; a culprit is affected by a “minor” personality disorder, according to the DSM-IV, or by a psychopathic personality according to the old psychopathologic definition, but the capability to judge may be impaired in different ways. In the following work, we are going to explore the psychopathological profile of a borderline personality disorder in a case of uxoricide: the motive of the crime is jealousy and it’s carrying out arises from impulsivity that is a distinctive trait of this kind of personality. The psychopathological assessment was performed through several clinical interviews for the anamnestic data collection and the diagnostic classification and through a psycho-diagnostic protocol including the Rorschach test and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2).


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