Journal article

Victimization of patients with schizophrenia and related disorders

PB Fitzgerald, AR de Castella, KM Filia, SL Filia, J Benitez, J Kulkarni

Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING ASIA | Published : 2005

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Previous research has predominately focused on patients with mental illness as the instigators, rather than the victims, of violence and criminal activity. However, patients with schizophrenia appear to experience a higher degree of victimization compared to general community samples. We aimed to establish the 1-month prevalence of violent and non-violent victimization in a sample of patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders and to investigate the determinants of victimization. METHOD: Reports of violent and non-violent victimization were recorded in 348 patients in Dandenong, an outer metropolitan suburb of Melbourne, Australia along with the subjective perception of patien..

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