Mental disorder and violence: is there a relationship beyond substance use?

  title={Mental disorder and violence: is there a relationship beyond substance use?},
  author={Richard A. Van Dorn and J. V. Volavka and Norman Johnson},
  journal={Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology},
A general consensus exists that severe mental illness (SMI) increases violence risk. However, a recent report claimed that SMI “alone was not statistically related to future violence in bivariate or multivariate analyses.” We reanalyze the data used to make this claim with a focus on causal relationships between SMI and violence, rather than the statistical prediction of violence. Data are from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC), a two-wave study (N… CONTINUE READING
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