Mental disorder and violent victimization in a total birth cohort

Eric Silver, Louise Arseneault, John Langley, Avshalom Caspi, Terrie E. Moffitt

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Objective. We examined the association between mental disorder and violent victimization in a general population sample. Methods. We performed a multivariate analysis of violent victimization in a 12-month period on a total birth cohort with follow-up data that assessed, during their 21st year, males and females born in Dunedin, New Zealand, in the early 1970s. Results. Compared with people with no mental disorder, (1) people with anxiety disorders experienced more sexual assaults, (2) people with schizophreniform disorders experienced more threatened and completed physical assaults, (3) people with alcohol dependence disorders experienced more completed physical assaults, and (4) people with marijuana dependence disorders experienced more attempted physical assaults. These results held after control for psychiatric comorbidity, demographic characteristics, and the study participants' own violent behavior. Conclusion. Mentally disordered young adults tend to experience more violent victimization in the community than those without a mental disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2015-2021
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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