KKTV 11 News | Colorado Springs, Pueblo | 11 For Health

Mental Illness Alone Is No Trigger For Violence

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The idea that mental illness alone is a leading cause of violence may not be valid.

Researchers say people with serious mental illness are no more violent than most people, unless there are other big risk factors involved.

They point to substance abuse and a history of violent acts, among other factors. They also include recent divorce or separation, recent unemployment, and criminal history by a parent.

The lead author of the study, Eric Elbogen of the University of North Carolina, says mental illness provides what he calls a "knee-jerk explanation" for events like the Virginia tech shootings. But he says it's "not a strong predictor of violence by itself."

The study of more than 34,000 U.S. adults appears in Archives of General Psychiatry.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.

If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.

powered by Disqus
KKTV 520 E. Colorado Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Office: (719) 634-2844 Fax: (719) 632-0808 News Fax: (719) 634-3741
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 38834102 - kktv.com/a?a=38834102