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Psychiatr Hung. 2008;23(6):420-9.

[Violent behaviour and stigmatisation among psychiatric patients].

[Article in Hungarian]

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  • 1Semmelweis Egyetem, Pszichiatriai es Pszichoterapias Klinika, Budapest, Hungary. 1083, Budapest. filipovits.dora@gmail.com


The prejudices existing in public opinion, such as mentally disordered people are dangerous, violent and unpredictable, form the basis of the stigmatisation of this patient population. The connection between mental illness and violence is a complicated problem, and its clarification is in the interest not only of the patients but of therapists and policy-makers as well. In this review we have used studies of foreign authors to find the answer to the question: do severe mental illnesses elevate the risk of committing violent acts and what are the main risk factors for that. We have summarised the results of numerous studies examining birth cohorts, inpatient and outpatient settings and prison populations, and have looked for variables deriving from or independent of the illness that could contribute to the violent behaviour of patients. We have been looking for the most effective ways to prevent people with severe mental illness from becoming violent criminal offenders and the manner to abate the stigmatization of this population.

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