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Revisiting cognitive assessment in the Indian prison setting

Pankhuri Aggarwal (Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA)
Angela A. Joseph (Department of Psychology, Christ University, Bangalore, India)

Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour

ISSN: 2050-8824

Article publication date: 20 May 2020

Issue publication date: 3 August 2020




Individuals with cognitive impairment are more likely to come into contact with the criminal justice system (Kimbell, 2016). Yet, only a handful of studies describe the nature of cognitive impairment experienced by inmates and the different types of challenges faced by researchers and clinicians while conducting cognitive assessments in correctional settings specifically in low-and middle-income countries.


In the present paper, the authors describe different types of ethical and logistical challenges they faced while conducting cognitive assessments with inmates in India and suggest ways in which future researchers and clinicians could overcome them.


Authors raise a discussion on the purpose, advantages, and limitations of psychological testing, highlighting alternative ways of cognitive assessment that may be more effective, resource-efficient, and sustainable.


Implications for education and training in psychological assessment, forensic and clinical practice and policymaking are discussed.



We would like to acknowledge P39A for providing us with the opportunity to explore mental health concerns within the criminal justice system.


Aggarwal, P. and Joseph, A.A. (2020), "Revisiting cognitive assessment in the Indian prison setting", Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 191-200.



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