Mentally ill more likely Victims than perpetrators of Violence

I found this interesting article on ScienceDaily.com that is interesting, yet not surprising.  The article goes on to say ~ New research shows that almost one-third of adults with mental illness are likely to be victims of violence within a six-month period, and that adults with mental illness who commit violence are most likely to do so in residential settings. The study also finds a strong correlation between being a victim of violence and committing a violent act.

The work was done by researchers at North Carolina State University; RTI International; the University of California, Davis; Simon Fraser University; and Duke University.

“We hear about the link between violence and mental illness in the news, and we wanted to look not only at the notion that the mentally ill are a danger to others, but the possibility that they are also in danger,” says Dr. Sarah Desmarais, an assistant professor of psychology at NC State and lead author of a paper describing the work.

The researchers compiled a database of 4,480 mentally ill adults who had answered questions about both committing violence and being victims of violence in the previous six months.  The database drew from five earlier studies that focused on issues ranging from antipsychotic medications to treatment approaches.  Those studies had different research goals, but all asked identical questions related to violence and victimization.

More on this article:  ScienceDaily.com

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