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Title: Relationship of Mood Disorders to Violence
Journal: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease  Volume:178  Issue:1  Dated:(1990)  Pages:44-47
Author(s): J L Collins; S L Bailey
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 86-15-CX-0034
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A sample of 1,140 male felons recently incarcerated in North Carolina were analyzed according to the Diagnostic Interview Schedule to determine the relationship between specific mood disorder categories and symptoms and six conceptually different indicators of violent behavior. The six indicators include incidents of fighting in adulthood, recent arrests for violent offenses, current incarceration for expressive or instrumental violence, and lifetime arrests for expressive or instrumental violence; DIS DSM-III diagnoses for lifetime recurrent depression and dysthymia are used in the analysis.
Abstract: The findings indicate a direct relationship between a lifetime diagnosis of dysthymia, and an arrest or incarceration history for robbery and multiple incidents of adult fighting. Recurrent depression was significantly related to a history of robbery incarceration, while depression symptoms were associated with multiple incidents of adult fighting. Manic symptoms were inconsistently associated with expressive violence. Several mood disorder/violence models showed no significant relationship. Future research should use specific mood disorder and symptom measures in order to permit firm inferences about the mood disorder/violence relationship. 2 tables and 13 references
Main Term(s): Mental illness-crime relationships; Violence causes
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Male offenders; North Carolina
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