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Psychiatric Factors Linked with Family Violence

Psychiatry Res; ePub 2016 Jul 20; Labrum, Solomon, et al

Increasing access to mental health and/or substance abuse treatment may decrease the risk of family violence, according to a recent study. Researchers evaluated the results of an online survey administered to 573 adults across the US with an adult relative with psychiatric disorders (PD). Multivariate logistic regression was performed examining the association of other factors with the occurrence of family violence. They found:

• Family violence was significantly associated with:

1. perpetrator-income

2. illegal drug use

3. psychiatric hospitalization

4. treatment attendance, and

5. use of medications.

• Mediation was statistically significant; interventions may benefit from attempting to decrease/modify the use of limit-setting practices.

Where family representative payeeship or unofficial money management exists, it is advisable for practitioners to assess and address financial coercion and promote greater collaboration in financial decision-making.

Citation: Labrum T, Solomon PL. Factors associated with family violence by persons with psychiatric disorders. [Published online ahead of print July 20, 2016]. Psychiatry Res. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2016.07.026.