Mental Disorders and Violence Cause and Effect Essay by natashagils

Mental Disorders and Violence
An examination of the correlation between mental disorders and violence in society.
# 113603 | 2,027 words | 15 sources | APA | 2009 | CA
Published on Apr 21, 2009 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Psychology (Disorders)

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This paper defines violence and mental disorders and discusses the correlation between the two. It discusses whether people suffering from mental disorders have a predisposition to violence and if there is a higher rate of violence in mental disorder patients than the general population. The paper examines the contemporary view of mentally ill patients and whether or not mental illness is a contributor to violence in the society.

Table of Contents:
Defining Violence and Mental Disorders
Classification of Mental Disorders
Categories of Mental Disorders
Relationship between Mental Disorder and Violence

From the Paper:

"From the various studies conducted in attempting to determine the link between mental disorders and violence, it is concluded that severe mental disorders do not independently predict violence, but these findings challenge perceptions that mental illness is a leading cause of violence in the general population. People with mental illness, however, do report violence more often, mostly because they show other factors associated with violence. Consequently, determining the link between violence and mental disorder requires consideration of its association with other variables, such as substance abuse, environmental stressors and a history of violence."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Blumenthal, Stephen & Lavender, Anthony & Lavender, Tony, Trust, Zito. (2005).Violence And Mental Disorder. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  • Cooper, Rachel. (2005). Classifying Madness: A Philosophical Examination of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. New York: Springer.
  • De Zulueta, F. (1993). From Pain to Violence. London: Whurr Publishers.
  • Elbogen, EB. & Johnson, SC. (2009). The Intricate Link Between Violence and Mental Disorder: Results from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2009 Feb; 66(2):152-61.
  • Friedman, F. (2006). Violence and Mental Illness -- How Strong is the Link? The New England Journal of Medicine, 355:2064-2066, 20.

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