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Idée reçue : Schizophrenia and violent crime, perpetrators or victims?

le 26 février 2015

[The Mental Elf] The link between violent acts and severe mental disorder has been proposed for a long time (Lindqvist & Allebeck, 1990). Quantitative methods have largely confirmed this relationship. For instance, most studies show that violent crime is around 2-10 times more common among individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia than compared populations (Fazel et al, 2009).

Moreover, a recently published study also indicates that individuals with schizophrenia were much more likely to be convicted of a violent crime in comparison to those who were not.

So…what are we to make of all this?

Violence is common. There were 1.3 million incidents of violence reported in England and Wales between July 2013 and June 2014 according to the Crime Survey of England and Wales (ONS, 2013).

Schizophrenia, although rare, with a median incidence of just around 15 cases per hundred thousand of the population per year, is as yet incurable and persists in people, resulting in a relatively high prevalence (McGrath et al, 2008).

Source The Mental Elf