Vaitsa Giannouli


Despite the plethora of studies abroad, in Greece views on individuals with intellectual disabilities and older persons with mental health problems is not a well investigated topic. The results of the present study reveal that generally acts with financial-legal implications (mainly financial decision-making capacity) are of concern to the participants, as they consider this sort of capacity the main predictor for legal (in)capacity on the whole, especially when they consider elderly patients. Participants have doubts about the appropriateness of the current assessment methods followed by forensic psychiatrists and psychologists in Greece and hope for future improvements in the field of legal capacity assessment. In addition to that participants seem to welcome any form of provided information (live lectures from conferences, videos, interviews, discussion forums and texts) from experts with an emphasis on issues for elders. No significant differences were found in the expressed views based on gender or age, but subtle differences were found according to educational level. 

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Associate Editor-in-Chief

  1. PhD. Professor Cornelia Lefter, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania
  2. PhD. Professor Adriana Manolescu, Agora University of Oradea, Romania

Scientific Editor


Executive editors

  1. PhD. Professor Salvo Ando, University “Kore” Enna, Italy
  2. PhD. Associate Professor Alina Angela Manolescu, Agora University of Oradea, Romania

Associate editors

  1. PhD. Professor Alfio D'Urso, University „MAGNA GRECIA” University of Catanzaro, Italy
  2. Agnieszka Wedeł-Domaradzka, University of Economy in Bydgoszcz, Poland
  3. PhD. Alexandru Cordos, Christian University ”Dimitrie Cantemir”, Romania
  4. PhD.in Law, Assistant Professor José Noronha Rodrigues, Açores University, Portugal
  5. PhD. Professor Luigi Melica, University of Lecce, Italy
  6. PhD. Professor Jozsef SZABADFALVI, University of Debrecen, Hungaria
  7. PhD. Professor Farkas Akos, University of Miskolc,  Hungary
  8. PhD. Szabó Szabó BÉLA, University of Debrecen, Hungary
  9. PhD. Professor Brânduşa Stefanescu, University of Economics, Bucharest, Romania
  10. PhD. Professor Ovidiu Predescu, ″Law Journal″ (assistant chief editor), "Criminal Law Journal″ (assistant chief), Bucharest, Romania
  11. PhD. Professor Ioan-Nuţu Mircea, associated professor ”Babeş-Bolyai“ University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  12. PhD. Professor Alexandru Boroi, Police Academy ”Alexandru Ioan Cuza“, Bucharest, Romania
  13. PhD. Professor Luminita Gabriela Popescu, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania


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