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NCJ Number: 156055 Find in a Library
Title: Violent Behavior by Individuals With Serious Mental Illness
Journal: Innovations and Research  Volume:3  Issue:3  Dated:(1994)  Pages:5-17
Author(s): E F Torrey
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 13
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study reviewed objective studies and media stories on the correlation between violence and mental illness and examines factors which contribute to violent behavior by individuals with serious mental illness.
Abstract: Although the vast majority of seriously mentally ill persons are not more dangerous than members of the general population, there appears to be a subgroup of dangerous mentally ill persons, often characterized by a history of violent behavior, noncompliance with medications, and substance abuse. The findings indicate that current policies vis-a-vis involuntary hospitalization, involuntary medication, outpatient commitment, and the monitoring of medication compliance may need to be revised. The problem of violence by this subgroup needs to be addressed before mental health professionals can work on reducing the general societal stigma associated with serious mental illness. 2 tables and 101 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Mental illness-crime relationships; Mentally ill offenders; Violence causes; Violent offenders
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