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Psychosis and violence: stories, fears, and reality

Taylor, Pamela Jane 2008. Psychosis and violence: stories, fears, and reality. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 53 (10) , pp. 647-659.

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Individuals with psychosis are often feared. In fact, they are themselves likely to be victims of violence; however, the main aim of this review is to provide an overview of the evidence on relations between psychosis and violence to others. The terms psychosis and violence were used in a literature search limited to the Cochrane Library and PubMed, a manual search of 8 journals, and a follow-up of additional references in the articles found. The overview draws on new empirical data and major reviews. Almost all sound epidemiologic data on psychosis and violence dates from 1990. There is consistency on a small but significant relation between schizophrenia and violent acts. Since then there has also been movement toward understanding the nature of associations and progress on strategies for managing individuals who have psychosis and are violent. Public fears about individuals with psychotic illnesses are largely unfounded, although there would be benefit in greater attention to the safety of those in their close social circle. The task for the next 10 years must be the development and application of knowledge to improve specific treatments—that is, interventions that go beyond holding and caring to bring about substantial change.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords: psychosis, schizophrenia, violence, homicide, epidemiology, clinical explanations, management and treatment
Publisher: Canadian Psychiatric Association
ISSN: 0706-7437
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:10

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