Author(s): Schwartz RC, Reynolds CA, Austin JF, Petersen S
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Abstract This study attempted to replicate the results of R. C. Schwartz, S. Petersen, and J. L. Skaggs (2001) by testing predictors of homicidality in a new sample of participants with schizophrenia. Results of multiple regression analyses showed that manic symptoms and substance abuse were significantly positively correlated with more extreme homicidality. Global Assessment of Functioning scale ratings were significantly negatively correlated with ratings on homicidality. Finally, men displayed significantly heightened homicidality as compared with women. These findings lend support to the hypothesis that clinicians should pay particular attention to evaluating homicidality in patients who are male, have schizophrenia, who abuse substances, who show acute manic symptoms, and whose global functioning has recently declined.
This article was published in Am J Orthopsychiatry
and referenced in Journal of Mental Disorders and Treatment