Study Finds No Association Between Most Psychiatric Disorders, Future Violent Behavior In Delinquent Youth

The Huffington Post (5/15, Gregoire) reports that a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry found that with only one exception, there appears to be “no association between most psychiatric disorders and future violent behavior in delinquent youth.” After analyzing “data from over 1,800 adolescents between the ages of 10 and 18 who were arrested and detained in the Chicago area between 1995 and 1998,” then following the study participants over a number of years after they were detained, researchers discovered that even though “some youth suffering from mental illness were violent – young men with mania, a symptom of bipolar disorder, were twice as likely to report violent behavior as those without mania – their illnesses were not predictive of future violence.”

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— “The Link Between Mental Illness And Violence Is More Complicated Than You Might Think,” Carolyn Gregoire, Huffington Post, May 15, 2015.

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