Violence and psychiatric morbidity in the national household population of Britain: public health implications

Coid, J. and Yang, M. and Roberts, A. and Ullrich, S. and Moran, P. and Bebbington, P. and Brugha, T. and Jenkins, R. and Farrell, M. and Lewis, G. and Singleton, N. (2006) Violence and psychiatric morbidity in the national household population of Britain: public health implications. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 189 (1). pp. 12-19. ISSN 0007-1250

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1192/bjp.189.1.12

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Abstract

Background: It is unclear whether psychiatric morbidity contributes to the small proportion of the population
responsible for a large percentage of antisocial behaviour, including violence.
Aims: To measure associations between psychiatric morbidity and severity, chronicity and types of victims of violence in the national household population of Britain.
Method: Cross-sectional survey of persons in households (n=8397). Data included self-reported location, victims and outcome of violence over the previous 5 years. Diagnoses were determined by computer-assisted interviews.
Results: Hazardous drinking was associated with over half of all incidents involving injury. Antisocial personality
disorder conveyed an attributable risk of 24% of respondents reporting victim injuries, but screening positive for
psychosis conveyed an attributable risk of only 1.2%.
Conclusions: The burden of care resulting from violence associated with hazardous drinking supports population
interventions. Despite exceptional risks, half of respondents with antisocial
personality disorder were not violent, indicating limitations in targeted
interventions to detain high-risk individuals.

Keywords:Personality Disorder, Hazardous Drinking, Psychiatric Morbidity, Violence, Antisocial Behaviour
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C890 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:15813
Deposited On:26 Oct 2014 21:05

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