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Dangerous behaviour preceding first admissions for schizophrenia

Humphreys, M. S., Johnstone, E. C., MacMillan, J. F. and Taylor, Pamela Jane 1992. Dangerous behaviour preceding first admissions for schizophrenia. The British Journal of Psychiatry 161 (4) , pp. 501-505. 10.1192/bjp.161.4.501

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Of 253 patients in their first schizophrenic episode, 52 behaved in a way threatening to the lives of others before their admission to hospital. These 52 patients were studied from data collected at the time of their initial presentation. Despite a history of illness in excess of 1 year in 24 cases, and evidence that violence was motivated by psychotic symptoms in 23 cases, fewer than half of the patients were admitted to hospital as a direct result of their dangerous behaviour. Life-threatening behaviour was more common where the patient had been ill for longer, and where there were delusions of being poisoned.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
ISSN: 0007-1250
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:48

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