How often and how consistently do symptoms directly precede criminal behavior among offenders with mental illness?

  title={How often and how consistently do symptoms directly precede criminal behavior among offenders with mental illness?},
  author={Jillian K. Peterson and Jennifer L Skeem and Patrick J Kennealy and Beth Bray and Andrea Zvonkovic},
  journal={Law and human behavior},
  volume={38 5},
Although offenders with mental illness are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, psychiatric symptoms relate weakly to criminal behavior at the group level. In this study of 143 offenders with mental illness, we use data from intensive interviews and record reviews to examine how often and how consistently symptoms lead directly to criminal behavior. First, crimes rarely were directly motivated by symptoms, particularly when the definition of symptoms excluded externalizing features… 
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