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  NCJ Number: NCJ 184208     Find in a Library
  Title: Mental Illness and Violent Crime
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  Author(s): John Monahan Ph.D.
  Date Published: 10/1996
  Page Count: 4
  Series: NIJ Research Preview
  Annotation: This risk assessment study examined 1,000 mental patients released from acute care facilities in Massachusetts, Missouri, and Pennsylvania and an additional 500 Pittsburgh residents to assess the link between mental illness and violent crime.
  Abstract: Researchers postulated that, in a public health framework, risk factors for violence could be classified according to four categories: (1) personal-dispositional factors--age, gender, ethnicity, anger control, and impulsiveness; (2) developmental-historical factors--history of child abuse, work history, history of violence, and hospitalization history for mental disorders; (3) contextual factors--environmental stress, social support, and weapons accessibility; and (4) clinical factors--delusions, hallucinations, and substance abuse. Further, researchers built on methods and findings of two pioneer studies made available in the 1990's that refocused the link between mental disorders and violent behavior to specific symptoms and factors. Findings, published separately, are intended to shed light on whether and to what extent risk factors associated with violence among mentally disordered persons are also associated with violence in the general population.
  Main Term(s): Criminology
  Index Term(s): Violent crimes ; Violent offenders ; Mentally ill offenders ; Mental disorders ; Criminal justice research ; Violence causes ; Massachusetts ; Missouri ; Pennsylvania
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
United States of America

National Institute of Mental Health
United States of America
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  Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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