Criminality and violence in psychiatric patients

There is an excess of offending, including violence, among those with mental disorder. However, antisocial personality disorder and substance misuse are stronger risk factors than mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. The bulk of offending in general, and violence in particular, has nothing to do with mental illness. A recent study, for example (Fazel and Grann, 2006), found that about 5 per cent of violent crimes were committed by those with psychosis (which has a prevalence of about 1 per cent); the association was stronger in females.

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