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by Dr Jens Wiebe, Dr Emmanuel Okoro and Dr David Reiss
Last updated: August 2017
'An old and
recurring theme in human relationships, jealousy has been captured
in myth, drama, literature, dance, sculpture, and painting, as well
as in the popular press. Jealousy is also a major cause of murder,
spousal violence, and marital breakdown. It has been estimated that
up to 20% of all murders involve a jealous lover.' (White & Mullen, 1989)
The syndrome of morbid jealousy has serious risk implications
that may easily be missed during psychiatric assessments due to the
disorder's often subtle presentation alongside other mental
disorders. Morbid jealousy is not a formal diagnosis under the DSM
or ICD criteria; it is a disorder of content that can present
in various forms such as delusions, overvalued ideas, obsessional
ruminations or a combination of these.
This module covers the definition of morbid jealousy, along with
its aetiology, epidemiology, associated risks, assessment and
management. It also includes exercises and vignettes to aid your
understanding of the assessment process.
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