Violence to Others, Violent Self-Victimization, and Violent Victimization by Others Among Persons with a Mental Illness

Psychiatry Online Volume 68, Issue 5, May 01, 2017, pp. 516-519

Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2017-26

Posted: 26 May 2017

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John Monahan

University of Virginia School of Law

Roumen Vesselinov

City University of New York, CUNY Queens College - Department of Economics

Pamela Robbins

Policy Research Associates, Inc

Paul S. Appelbaum

Columbia University

Date Written: May 24, 2017

Abstract

Objective: This research examined the frequency of and characteristics associated with three forms of violence among persons with mental illness—violence directed at others, self-directed violence, and violence directed at them by others.

Methods: Previously unreported data from a follow-up sample of 951 patients from the MacArthur Violence Risk Assessment Study were analyzed to characterize involvement in violence directed at others, self-directed violence, and violence directed at them by others.

Results: Most patients (58%) experienced at least one form of violence, 28% experienced at least two forms, and 7% experienced all three forms. Several diagnostic, social, and historical variables distinguished the groups.

Conclusions: Given the substantial overlap among the three forms of violence, clinicians should routinely screen patients who report one form for the occurrence of the other two. Co-occurrence of several forms of violence may require a package of interventions with components geared to each.

Keywords: violence, suicide, victimization, self-directed, suicide

Suggested Citation

Monahan, John and Vesselinov, Roumen and Robbins, Pamela and Appelbaum, Paul S., Violence to Others, Violent Self-Victimization, and Violent Victimization by Others Among Persons with a Mental Illness (May 24, 2017). Psychiatry Online Volume 68, Issue 5, May 01, 2017, pp. 516-519; Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2017-26. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2973469

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Pamela Robbins

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Paul S. Appelbaum

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