Violence and schizophrenia: a realistic look at the risks, contributing factors and management


Professor John Gunn challenges some common notions of the relationship between mental illness and homicide, taking a detailed look at the possible contributing factors towards violent behaviour in people with schizophrenia. Some questions posed are: Who is most at risk of attack? What happens in court? What should consultants consider in the management of patients with schizophrenia who may become violent?


Date published: 23 January 2007

Audio running time: 17 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


In completing this podcast module, we hope that you will:


  • gain an insight into the relationship between different types of violent crime and schizophrenia


  • gain a knowledge of the factors which may influence violent behaviour in people with schizophrenia


  • gain insight into who is more likely to be a victim of violence from a person with schizophrenia


  • gain an understanding of which treatment approaches might be most effective


  • gain confidence in making long-term decisions for the management of patients with schizophrenia who may become violent.


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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2007. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.
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