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Ethnicity, violent offending, and vulnerability to schizophrenia: a pilot study.

Authors
  • Mason, O J
  • Medford, S
  • Peters, E R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Psychology and psychotherapy
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2012
Volume
85
Issue
2
Pages
143–149
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.2044-8341.2011.02021.x
PMID: 22903906
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Previous research has highlighted increased risk for schizophrenia in Afro-Caribbeans as well as over-representation in the prison population. This small-scale study examined the relationship between criminality, ethnicity, and psychosis-proneness in a male prison sample. Twenty British Caucasian and 20 Afro-Caribbean prisoners were divided into equal sub-groups of violent and non-violent offenders. Participants completed measures of schizotypy, delusional ideation, and hostility. Afro-Caribbean offenders scored more highly on negative schizotypy and delusional ideation than their Caucasian counterparts. Violent offenders scored more highly on the positive symptoms of schizotypy than non-violent prisoners. Both ethnicity and violent offending may be relevant factors when considering vulnerability to psychosis in the offending population.

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