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Violence and Mental Disorders

  • Bernardo Carpiniello
  • Antonio Vita
  • Claudio Mencacci

Part of the Comprehensive Approach to Psychiatry book series (CAP, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. General Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bernardo Carpiniello, Claudio Mencacci, Antonio Vita
      Pages 3-24
    3. Mirko Manchia, Linda Booij, Federica Pinna, Janice Wong, Florian Zepf, Stefano Comai
      Pages 25-47
  3. Risk Factors, Phenomenology and Characteristics of Violence in Mental Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Mario Amore, Andrea Aguglia, Francesca Santi, Gianluca Serafini
      Pages 65-80
    3. Stefano Ferracuti, Gabriele Mandarelli, Antonio Del Casale
      Pages 81-94
    4. Fabrizio Schifano, Caroline Zangani, Stefania Chiappini, Amira Guirguis, Stefania Bonaccorso, John M. Corkery
      Pages 95-114
    5. Ohad Gilbar, Katherine E. Gnall, Hannah E. Cole, Casey T. Taft
      Pages 115-134
    6. Tracy Wharton, Daniel Paulson
      Pages 135-152
  4. The Contexts of Violence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Giovanni de Girolamo, Giorgio Bianconi, Maria Elena Boero, Giuseppe Carrà, Massimo Clerici, Maria Teresa Ferla et al.
      Pages 155-179
    3. Ester di Giacomo, Laura Iozzino, Clarissa Ferrari, Cosmo Strozza, Matthew Large, Olav Nielssen et al.
      Pages 181-202
    4. Ester di Giacomo, Massimo Clerici
      Pages 203-209
    5. Enrico Zanalda, David De Cori, Grazia Ala, Alessandro Jaretti Sodano, Marco Zuffranieri
      Pages 211-227
  5. Prevention and Management of Violence in Mental Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Liliana Lorettu, Alessandra M. A. Nivoli, Paolo Milia, Giancarlo Nivoli
      Pages 231-252
    3. Antonio Vita, Valentina Stanga, Anna Ceraso, Giacomo Deste, Stefano Barlati
      Pages 269-295

About this book


This book explores the issue of violence in detail, taking into account the role of contextual factors, as well as the epidemiology, risk factors and clinical aspects of violence related to the main mental disorders. It also offers practical information on its management – from prevention to treatment.

Covering all aspects of the problem of violence in mental disorders, the book is divided into four parts: general aspects; risk factors, phenomenology and characteristics of violence in mental disorders; contexts of violence; and prevention and management of violence in mental health. It also discusses violence in the various settings of mental health system, an aspect that has not previously been fully addressed.

The volume is intended for all those who are interested in mental health, including scholars, professionals, and students.


Psychopathology Agression Risk factors Treatments Prevention Substance abuse

Editors and affiliations

  • Bernardo Carpiniello
    • 1
  • Antonio Vita
    • 2
  • Claudio Mencacci
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Medical Science and Public HealthUniversity of CagliariCagliariItaly
  2. 2.Department of Clinical and Experimental ScienceUniversity of BresciaBresciaItaly
  3. 3.Department of NeuroscienceLuigi Sacco HospitalMilanoItaly

About the editors

Prof. Bernardo Carpiniello is currently a Professor and Chair of Psychiatry, Department of Medical Science and Public Health at the University of Cagliari, Italy, and Director of the Postgraduate School of Psychiatry at the same University, where he has also been the Director of the Psychiatric Clinic since 2000. His main research interests are clinical psychiatry, clinical psychopharmacology, social psychiatry, psychiatric epidemiology and consultation-liaison psychiatry. He has authored or co-authored more than 350 scientific papers, most of which were published in national or international peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Psychopathology, Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health, and the Journal of Mental Health Systems, and is co-editor of Case Reports in Medicine. He is a board member of the Italian Society of Psychopathology (SOPSI) and past President of the Italian Society of Psychiatry. He has also been President of the Italian Academic Board of Professors, the Italian Society of Social Psychiatry and the Italian Society of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

Prof. Antonio Vita is currently a Full Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Brescia, Italy; Director of the Postgraduate School of Psychiatry at the same University; and Head of the Department of Mental Health, ASST Spedali Civili in Brescia. His research activities focus on clinical, biological, pharmacological and rehabilitative aspects of mental disorders, particularly the neuromorphological and neurofunctional correlates of psychotic disorders, and rehabilitation and cognitive remediation in schizophrenia. Prof. Vita is involved in several international research networks and is the author of over 250 papers published in major national and international scientific journals. He is currently President of the Italian Group for the Study of Cognition in Psychiatry and of the Italian Society of Neuroimaging in Psychiatry, and past President of the World Psychiatric Association’s section on neuroimaging. He is Vice-President of the Italian Psychiatric Association and is a member of the board of the Italian Association of Biological Psychiatry. He is also on the International Society of Schizophrenia Research’s advisory board. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry – Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Rehabilitation section, is or has been a member of the editorial board of numerous international journals and is a regular referee for various leading international psychiatric journals.

Claudio Mencacci is currently a Professor at the Postgraduate School of Psychiatry at the  State University of Milan, Italy, Head of the Department of Neuroscience and Mental health, Fatebenefratelli Hospital, ASST Fatebenefratelli-Sacco, Milan, Italy, and Director of the Research Centre on depression and anxiety of the same Hospital, and of the Women’s Depression Centre of the Macedonio Melloni Hospital, Milan, Italy. Since 2003 he has been a member of the Italian Ministry of Health’s National Observatory on Mental Health, and since 2004 he has been an expert consultant to the Italian Higher Council of Health and vice-President of the IDEA Foundation. From 2012 to 2014 and from 2015 to 2017 he was President of the Italian Psychiatric Association. Prof. Mencacci has authored more than 250 scientific publications in national and international Journals.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Violence and Mental Disorders
  • Editors Bernardo Carpiniello
    Antonio Vita
    Claudio Mencacci
  • Series Title Comprehensive Approach to Psychiatry
  • Series Abbreviated Title Comprehensive Approach to Psychiatry
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-33187-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-33190-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-33188-7
  • Series ISSN 2524-8405
  • Series E-ISSN 2524-8413
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 295
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psychiatry
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