'Violence among people with schizophrenia: Recent findings and implications for treatment'

Hills 1.20
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 (13:00-14:00)
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Part of the School Seminar Series

Speaker: Prof Sheilagh Hodgins, Université de Montréal and Karolinska Institutet

Host: Stephane De Brito

Why is the risk of violent behaviour higher among persons with schizophrenia than in the general population? What is known about preventing such violent behaviour? The talk aims to answer these questions. Initially, new findings about the development of schizophrenia will be reviewed and their relevance to the development of violent behaviour shown. Next, the evidence about the role of positive psychotic symptoms as triggers of violent behaviour will be discussed. Findings will then be presented showing that there are three types of violent individuals with schizophrenia who differ as to aetiology and treatment responsiveness. Finally, taking account of knowledge about schizophrenia and about violent persons with schizophrenia, studies of effective treatment and management strategies will be examined.