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Title: Traumatic Stress Disorder and Violent Behavior
Journal: Journal of Traumatic Stress  Volume:3  Issue:2  Dated:(1990)  Pages:203-220
Author(s): J L Collins; S L Bailey
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: R01-MH34895; 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 was used to examine the relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and subsequent violent behavior in nonveterans. Data were obtained from DSM-III diagnoses, North Carolina Department of Corrections records, and criminal history records collected from the State Bureau of Investigation.
Abstract: Only 26 of the inmates in this sample were diagnosed as having PTSD. The findings show a relationship between PTSD and its symptoms and arrest and incarceration for expressive violence when demographic, antisocial personality, and problem drinking are controlled. For most of those inmates who experienced at least one PTSD symptom and had an arrest history for incidents of expressive violence, the symptom preceded or occurred in the same year as the violence arrest. This finding is consistent with the hypothesis that PTSD symptoms are etiologically relevant to the occurrence of violence. 4 tables and 33 references
Main Term(s): Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD); Violence causes
Index Term(s): Male offenders; North Carolina
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