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Most psychiatric disorders do not increase risk for violence

Most psychiatric disorders do not increase risk for violence
May 1, 2015

In a longitudinal study of adolescents from a juvenile detention center, psychiatric disorders were not predictors of future violence, except for substance use disorders.

Katherine S. Elkington, PhD, of Columbia University Medical School, and colleagues assessed violence and psychiatric disorders via self-reports from 1,659 adolescents in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago. Study participants, aged 13 to 25 years, were interviewed up to four times between 3 and 5 years after detention.

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