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Praxis (Bern 1994). 2013 Dec 31;103(1):27-32. doi: 10.1024/1661-8157/a001527.

[Schizophrenia and violence].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Klinik für Forensische Psychiatrie, Psychiatrische Universitätsklinik Zürich.


in English, French, German

As compared to the general population schizophrenic patients are at increased risk of becoming delinquent. The majority of schizophrenic patients do not commit any crime, and the risk of the general population to be a target of a violent act by a person with schizophrenia is low. The causes of delinquency in schizophrenia are complex, but certain risk characteristics (e. g. an accompanying substance abuse) have been identified. The treatability and legal prognosis of schizophrenic offenders are good, which suggests that establishing a suitable helpers network could also be used for violence prevention in patients at risk.


Delinquenz; Gewalt; Risiko; Schizophrenie; delinquance; delinquency; risk; risque; schizophrenia; schizophrénie; violence

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