Brain Dysfunction and Community Violence in Patients With Major Mental IllnessSystems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
UMMS AffiliationDepartment of Psychiatry
SubjectsViolence; Mental Disorders; Brain Injuries; Brain Diseases; Substance-Related Disorders
AbstractThe 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.
SourceDinn 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 InformationWayne 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/