Understanding the relationship between mental disorder and violence: The need for a criminological perspective

  • Silver E
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Abstract

This paper offers a criminologically informed framework to guide research on the relationship between mental disorder and violence. Criminological theories examined include social learning, social stress, social control, rational choice, and social disorganization. In addition, the "criminal careers" and "local life circumstance" methodologies are reviewed. It is argued that adopting a criminologically informed framework that takes into account within-person changes over time will contribute greatly to our understanding of the factors that affect violence among people with mental disorder living in the community, and enhance the capacity of research to support effective evidenced-based case management programs aimed at reducing violence.

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  • Criminological perspective
  • Criminology
  • Mental disorder
  • Violence

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  • Eric Silver

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