Violence and Mental Disorder takes the debate about violence into new territory by increasing our understanding of the wide range of factors associated with the commission of violence. This comprehensive and critical review of the literature is intended for a broad audience, including clinicians, researchers and policy makers working in this complex area. It is a much-needed resource for mental health professionals whose day-to-day work involves assessing and managing those thought to be at risk of engaging in acts of violence.
About the Author
Stephen Blumenthal is a clinical psychologist in forensic services at the Bracton Centre, Bexley Hospital, a medium secure unit in Kent. Tony Lavender is a clinical psychologist. He is Director of the Centre for Applied Social and Psychological Development at Salomons, a faculty of Canterbury Christ Church University College, Kent.The Zito Trust is an independent registered charity which has been campaigning for reform to mental health policy and law since the death of Jonathan Zito in December 1992.
Table of ContentsForeword. 1. Definitions and Context of the Review. 2. Evidence for a Relationship: Prevalence. 3. Factors Predictive of Violence. 4. Clinical Psychological and Developmental Aspects of Risk. 5. Prediction Instruments. 6. Evaluation. 7. Conclusions: Implications for Policy, Practice and Future Research. Glossary. References. Index.