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Object: To study the Galya Individualized Competency Restoration Program (Galya-ICRP) on competency to stand trial in forensic psychiatric patients.
Methods: The sample of this study consisted of 20 forensic psychiatric patients who were under criminal procedure code section 14 and sent for mental examination and competency to stand trial evaluation at the forensic psychiatric institution. The participants were drawn into two equal groups, experimental and control groups. The experimental group received four sessions of the Galya-ICRP. The control group received the conventional care as usual. The instruments used in this study including the demographic data form and the Galya-ICRP which were developed by the researchers and the Galya-ICRP was developed by researchers. The Independent t-test and Pair t-test were used for data analyses.
Results: The results showed that after the completion of the four sessions of program, the experimental group had the mean scores of the competency to stand trial significantly after receiving program higher than before receiving the program (p<0.05). In addition, the experimental group had the mean scores of the competency to stand trial significantly higher than those of the control group (p<0.05).
Conclusions: Enhancing the competency to stand trial among forensic psychiatric patients who were found incompetent to stand trial.
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