Study: Only 17% Of School Shooting Perpetrators Have Diagnosis Of Mental Illness

Medscape (12/6, Helwick) reported that according to research presented last month at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting, “a survey of school shootings in the United States revealed that only 17% of the perpetrators had a diagnosis of mental illness, but several risk factors emerged that could have served as warning signs.” After identifying “157 school shooting incidents from 2005 to 2012, involving 403 students,” researchers found that the “most common motivating factors were an argument or fight (22%), gang-related or other crime (20%), and stalking or intimate partner violence (10%).”

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