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NCJ Number: 182598 Find in a Library
Title: Mental Illness and the Myth of Violent Behavior (From Violence in Homes and Communities: Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment, P 181-204, 1999, Thomas P. Gullotta and Sandra J. McElhaney, eds. -- See NCJ-182594)
Author(s): Michael M. Faenza; Robert W. Glover; Gail P. Hutchings; James A. Radack
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter explores the implied, and often erroneous, link between mental illness and violence.
Abstract: The chapter: (1) reviews current research on the relationship between mental illness and violence; (2) explores the impact of myths and stereotypes; (3) identifies tools for risk assessment and predictors of violence used by the field; (4) describes effective treatment strategies and community responses; and (5) discusses the increased victimization of persons with mental illnesses. In order to lessen the erroneous assumptions surrounding the issue of violence and its relationship to mental illness, it is important that public policy decisions be based on empirical data. Some of the areas for future research include: co-occurring substance abuse disorders; victimization; efficacy of systems integration; social supports; research designs, especially longitudinal studies that follow people over time, and research into socioeconomic status, diagnosis, use of psychiatric medications and selection and exclusion criteria; family violence; involuntary commitment, including the standard for “harm to self or others”; problems in the definition and measurement of dangerousness; self-harm and suicide rates; and the impact on violence of involuntary interventions. References
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Dangerousness; Emotionally disturbed persons; Mental illness-crime relationships; Psychiatric services; Psychological research; Psychologists role in criminal justice; Research uses in policymaking; Victimization
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