The Psychopharmacology of Violence With Emphasis on Schizophrenia, Part 1: Acute Treatment

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Violent behavior is a principal reason for hospital admission. One estimate is that 36% of psychiatric hospital admissions are preceded by violent or fear-inducing behavior.1 However, a small proportion of patients are responsible for the majority of assaults, as evidenced by work done in the United States by Convit and colleagues2 who demonstrated that 5% of the patients at a state-operated psychiatric facility were responsible for 53% of incidents.

J Clin Psychiatry 2007;68(1):163-164