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2012, iss. 62, pp. 145-160
Forensic-psychiatric aspect of affective states
Univeristy of Niš, Faculty of Law
Protection of human and minority rights in the European legal area (MESTD - 179046)

In this paper is shown that affective states are very strong emotional states and that these have serious influence to intelectual, voluntaristic and other psychical functions, which might have specific importance in system of persons’ behavior. Sometimes they are such quality and intensity that lead to aggressive behavior and committing crimes. Some attributes of affective states is recognized by Criminal Code, so for persisting some types of crimes is necessary persisting some kinds of excitements (manslaughter, murder by steping accros of unvoidable deffence, etc.). In the field of law are used different terms for affective states, the most often term of excitement. Because of different terms in psychiatry and law in same cases there can be some misunderstanding between psychiatrists and layers, so there is need to make some efforts to resolve these occations. In forensic theory, as in the practice, there are some different postures about role of excitements i forensic evaluation. Because of that it is presented what affective states are, what are they characteristics, influence to other psychical processes and how affective states can change personal behaviour, including manifestation antisocial behavior and commiting crimes. Also this paper includes presentation of different types of affective states, criteria for their recognation, as a base of their clinical anf forensic-psychiatric use. In paper are presented some theoretical postures about forensic evaluation od states of excitements in criminal code branch and some our statements in this field as: necesserity of evaluation of global mental state of offender, characteristics of personality, type and magnitude of excitements and influence of some constellation and situational factors and so.
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article language: Serbian
document type: unclassified
published in SCIndeks: 22/03/2013

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