Professor Jennifer Skeem-Led Study Shows Psychosis Rarely Precedes Violence

Study led by Jennifer Skeem with Patrick Kennealy (University of South Florida), John Monahan (University of Virginia), Gillian Peterson (Metropolitan State University) and Paul Appelbaum (Columbia University), indicate that hallucinations and delusions associated with psychiatric disorders seldom foreshadow acts of aggression.

“High-profile mass shootings capture public attention and increase vigilance of people with mental illness,” said Dr. Skeem. “But our findings clearly show that psychosis rarely leads directly to violence.”

Posted on May 12, 2015