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Descriptor in English: Mental Competency
Descriptor in Spanish: Competencia Mental
Descriptor in Portuguese: Competência Mental
Descriptor in French: Capacité mentale
Entry term(s): Competence
Competence, Mental
Competency, Mental
Incompetence, Mental
Incompetency, Mental
Mental Competence
Mental Incompetence
Mental Incompetency
Tree number(s): F01.590
F02.410
I01.880.604.583.530
N03.706.535.625
Scope note: The ability to understand the nature and effect of the act in which the individual is engaged. (From Black's Law Dictionary, 6th ed).
Annotation: in mental retard or organic or psychiat mental disord; coord IM with concomitant disord /psychol (IM); competency to consent: coord IM with INFORMED CONSENT (IM)
Allowable Qualifiers: CL classification
LJ legislation & jurisprudence
PX psychology
ST standards
History Note: 92
See also the descriptors: Comprehension MeSH
Informed Consent MeSH
Insanity Defense MeSH
Legal Guardians MeSH
Treatment Refusal MeSH
DeCS UI: 29986
Descriptor UI: D016743
Date Established: 1992/01/01
Date of Entry: 1991/07/26
Revision Date: 2002/07/03
Mental Competency - Preferred
Concept UI M0025498
Scope note The ability to understand the nature and effect of the act in which the individual is engaged. (From Black's Law Dictionary, 6th ed).
Preferred term Mental Competency
Entry term(s) Competence, Mental
Competency, Mental
Mental Competence
Incompetency, Mental - Related but not broader or narrower
Concept UI M0025500
Preferred term Incompetency, Mental
Entry term(s) Incompetence, Mental
Mental Incompetence
Mental Incompetency
Competence - Broader
Concept UI M0025499
Preferred term Competence



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