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Data Show Mental Illness Alone is Not a Risk for Gun Violence

Mental illness is not a risk for gun violence, according to a study appearing in Psychiatric Services in Advance. Prior violence and substance abuse may be better indicators of risk for subsequent violence, say researchers from several institutions.The MacArthur Violence Risk Assessment Study followed a group of 1,136 patients who had been discharged from acute civil inpatient facilities at three U.S. sites between 1992 and 1995. This sample included English-speaking male and female patients who were between the ages of 18 and 40; were of white, African-American, or Hispanic background;...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Tuesday, 23 June, 2015

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