Violence in the mentally Ill.. A study of 547 patients at a French hospital for the criminally Insane

J Nerv Ment Dis. 1980 Nov;168(11):698-700. doi: 10.1097/00005053-198011000-00010.


This is a study of 547 patients hospitalized in a French hospital for the criminally insane over the past 10 years. This chart review study correlates diagnosis with criminal act and other psychological and sociological parameters. It is of note that the diagnosis of paranoia is strongly associated with violent crimes against persons, especially murder, whereas personality disorders are more associated with criminal acts involving property.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • France
  • Hospitals, Psychiatric
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Mental Disorders / rehabilitation
  • Prisons*
  • Recurrence
  • Social Adjustment
  • Violence*