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http://cjb.sagepub.com Criminal Justice and Behavior DOI: 10.1177/0093854809331793 2009; 36; 513 Criminal Justice and Behavior Brent Teasdale Mental Disorder and Violent Victimization http://cjb.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/36/5/513 The online version of this article can be found at: Published by: http://www.sagepublications.com On behalf of: International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology can be found at: Criminal Justice and Behavior Additional services and information for http://cjb.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts Email Alerts: http://cjb.sagepub.com/subscriptions Subscriptions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.nav Reprints: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Permissions: http://cjb.sagepub.com/cgi/content/refs/36/5/513 Citations at GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY on April 8, 2009 http://cjb.sagepub.com Downloaded from
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MENTAL DISORDER AND VIOLENT VICTIMIZATION BRENT TEASDALE University of Akron and Georgia State University Much research has focused on violence committed by individuals with mental disorders, but their victimization experiences have received less attention. This literature indicates that individuals with mental disorders are at a significantly higher risk of violent victimization than are individuals with no such diagnosis, but few studies have attempted to provide or test a theo- retical explanation for these differences. This study analyzes data from the MacArthur Violence Risk Assessment Study, a longitudinal study of individuals released from three psychiatric hospitals, to test the effects of theoretically derived risk fac- tors for victimization. Based on multilevel growth curve models, the author finds that symptomatology, homelessness, and alcohol abuse significantly increase the risk of victimization for persons with major mental disorders. In addition, stress and gender interact, predicting victimization, suggesting that—for men—stress increases the odds of victimization. The implications of these findings for research and practice are discussed. Keywords: mental disorders; routine activities; stress; victimization T raditionally, research on the relationship between mental illness and violence has focused on violent acts committed by individuals diagnosed with a mental illness (Link, Andrews, & Cullen, 1992; Link, Monahan, Stueve, & Cullen, 1999; Link & Stueve, 1995; Steadman et al., 1998; Swanson, Borum, Swartz, & Monahan, 1996; Swartz et al., 1998). Moreover, both the academic community and the general public have placed a great deal of emphasis on violence committed by disordered individuals. Stereotypes of persons with mental illness as violent and unpredictable are driving public perceptions of “the men- tally ill” and are largely responsible for the stigma associated with a psychiatric label (Link, Phelan, Bresnahan, Stueve, & Pescosolido, 1999; Pescosolido, Monahan, Link, Stueve, & Kikuzawa, 1999). However, recent research has taken a complementary position, investi- gating mentally disordered individuals as victims of violence (Hiday, Swanson, Swartz, Borum, & Wagner, 2001; Silver, 2002; Silver, Arseneault, Langley, Caspi, & Moffitt, 2005). Indeed, victimization experiences of individuals with mental disorders represent an
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