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Brain Dysfunction and Community Violence in Patients With Major Mental Illness
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  • Wayne M. Dinn, Lemuel Shattuck Hospital
  • David A. Gansler, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Nancy Moczynski, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Carl E. Fulwiler, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry
Date
2-1-2009
Document Type
Article
Medical Subject Headings
Violence; Mental Disorders; Brain Injuries; Brain Diseases; Substance-Related Disorders
Abstract

The objective of this study is to determine whether violence in psychiatric patients is associated with brain dysfunction independent of substance abuse. Psychiatric inpatients with a history of violent behavior in the community were compared to nonviolent inpatients on several variables related to brain dysfunction. The two groups were similar in terms of demographics and psychiatric diagnosis. No significant differences were found in neuropsychological function, but violent patients were significantly more likely to have co-occurring substance abuse and nearly 4 times more likely to have a history of closed-head injury. Logistic regression revealed that the association between violence and head injury can be explained by comorbid substance abuse.

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Dinn WA, Gansler D, Moczynski N, Fulwiler C: Brain Dysfunction and Community Violence in Patients with Major Mental Illness Criminal Justice & Behavior 36 (2), 117-136, 2009.
Citation Information
Wayne M. Dinn, David A. Gansler, Nancy Moczynski and Carl E. Fulwiler. "Brain Dysfunction and Community Violence in Patients With Major Mental Illness" Vol. 36 Iss. 2 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/carl_fulwiler/18/