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Trends in rates of mental illness in homicide perpetrators.

Authors
  • Swinson, Nicola
  • Flynn, Sandra M
  • While, David
  • Roscoe, Alison
  • Kapur, Navneet
  • Appleby, Louis
  • Shaw, Jenny
Type
Published Article
Journal
The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2011
Volume
198
Issue
6
Pages
485–489
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.110.085357
PMID: 21628711
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

There appears to be a concomitant increase in drug misuse over the period, which may account for this rise in homicide. However, an increase in the number of people in contact with mental health services may suggest that access to mental health services is improving. Previous studies have used court verdicts such as diminished responsibility as a proxy measure of mental disorder. Our data indicate that this does not reflect accurately the prevalence of mental disorder in this population.

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