Clinico-psychological and Psychopathological Aspects of Schizophrenia and Homicide
American Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Volume 5, Issue 6-1, November 2017, Pages: 18-18
Received: Oct. 10, 2017; Accepted: Oct. 12, 2017; Published: Oct. 13, 2017
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Petar Marinov, Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology, Medical University of Varna, Varna, Bulgaria
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Background: The problem of homicide in mental illness, and particularly in schizophrenia, is crucial for a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines.
Aims:To explore clinical and psychological and psychopathological characteristics of a group of schizophrenic patients, who committed homicide.
Method: Experimental group encompassed 47 patients with schizophrenia and homicide, first control group included 50 age and education matched controls with schizophrenia and a second control group without schizophrenia, but with homicide. All patients were assessed by PANSS, Rosenzweig frustration tolerance test, GAF and Buss-Durkee hostility questionnaire.
Results and Discussion: In general, patients with schizophrenia and homicide were more severely ill in comparison with the control group. The item “unusual thought content” correlated significantly with homicide in schizophrenia.
Conclusion: Most of the symptoms were more prominent in patients with schizophrenia and homicide. Some differences were found. Further studies are needed to explain pathophysiological and patho-plastic aspects.
Schizophrenia, Homicide, Severity of Illness
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Petar Marinov, Clinico-psychological and Psychopathological Aspects of Schizophrenia and Homicide, American Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience. Special Issue: “In and out of Your Mind” Abstracts of 1st Eastern European Conference of Mental Health. Vol. 5, No. 6-1, 2017, pp. 18-18. doi: 10.11648/j.ajpn.s.2017050601.28
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