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Psychosis Seldom Leads to Violent Acts, Study Finds

Contrary to the common belief that mental illness is associated with violence, hallucinations and delusions associated with psychiatric disorders seldom foreshadow acts of aggression, according to findings published in Clinical Psychological Science.For the study, Jennifer Skeem, a clinical psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues examined data from the MacArthur Violence Risk Assessment Study—a project that tracked the prevalence of community violence in a sample of more than 1,100 men and women during the year following their discharge from acute psychiatric facilities—to identify 100 former inpatients who had been...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Wednesday, 13 May, 2015

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