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A Journal on Forensic Medicine
Minerva Medicolegale 2000 March;120(1): 37-46
Psychological diagnosis in psychologically impaired subjects. A methodological approach for forensic use
Armentaro G., Iorio M.
The authors outline the difficulties arising from the methodologies and techniques now used to diagnose psychological impairment. This in turn causes further difficulties for the forensic assessment of physical disabilities deriving from psychological impairment. Following a review of the literature, the authors suggest integrating the current diagnostic instruments with the evaluation of physiological parameters correlated to psychological status (EMG, GSR, SPR, HR and body temperature), as has been successfully done for some time in other countries. An analysis of these parameters enables a more accurate and objective evaluation to be made of the psychological status of the subject in whom qualitative and quantitative variations may affect the percentage of permanent impairment to be defined by forensic experts.