Major Mental Disorders and Crime in the Community

A Focus on Patient Populations and Cohort Investigations
  • Patricia A. Brennan
  • Emily R. Grekin
  • Eric J. Vanman
Part of the NATO Science Series book series (ASID, volume 90)

Abstract

The public has a fear of the mentally ill. It has long believed that mentally ill individuals are more prone to crime, especially violent crime, than other members of society (Gerbener, 1980; Monahan, 1992; Rabkin, 1979). The media perpetuates this view with news stories revealing the psychiatric history of gunmen involved in shooting sprees. In some cases, as in the recent shooting in a Colorado high school that left 14 children and a teacher dead, it seems as if the public desperately looks for evidence of mental disorder to explain criminal acts that seem otherwise unexplainable.

Keywords

Psychotic Symptom Personality Disorder Violent Crime Criminal Behaviour Violent Behaviour 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia A. Brennan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Emily R. Grekin
    • 1
  • Eric J. Vanman
    • 1
  1. 1.Emory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Psychology DepartmentEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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