The Dangerousness of Persons with the Othello Syndrome

    Volume 39, Issue 6 (November 1994)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 10


    Oliva, D
    Resident in psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio,

    Garza-Treviño, ES
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

    Leong, GB
    Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

    Caldwell, JCB
    Social worker, West Lost Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Los Angeles,

    Arturo Silva, J
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

    Ferrari, MM
    Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio,

    Komanduri, RV
    Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California at Los Angeles, and Staff Psychiatrist, West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Los Angeles, California

    (Received 2 March 1994; accepted 14 April 1994)

    Abstract

    The Othello syndrome, or delusional jealousy, often raises significant forensic issues, particularly dangerousness. Dangerous patients suffering from the Othello delusion may present with hostility ranging from verbal threats to homicidal acts. We present three cases of individuals suffering from Othello syndrome associated with significant hostility and organic mental factors. We analyze these cases along with Othello syndrome cases culled from the recent anglophonic literature, especially in terms of implications for domestic and public safety.


    Paper ID: JFS13731J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13731J

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    Title The Dangerousness of Persons with the Othello Syndrome
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