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Comment on the Association of Stigma With Violence
Jason Matejkowski, Ph.D.; Sara Cullen, M.S.W.; Phyllis Solomon, Ph.D.
Am J Psychiatry 2011;168:749-749. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2011.11030412
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Accepted for publication in May 2011.

Accepted May , 2011.

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To the Editor: In a letter published in the March 2011 issue of the Journal (1), Dr. E. Fuller Torrey overstates our research findings in order to support his argument that there is stigma toward people with mental illness because of their violent behavior. He cites two studies as evidence that individuals with severe and untreated psychiatric disorders "are responsible for approximately 10% of the homicides in the United States." While we cannot speak to the other study mentioned, our study (2) reported data on 95 individuals with severe mental illness who were convicted of murder and sentenced to incarceration at the Indiana Department of Corrections for the deaths of 130 people. Generalizing the findings from homicides in one state to all homicides committed in the recent past in the United States is misleading.

Torrey  EF:  The association of stigma with violence.  Am J Psychiatry 2011; 168:325
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Matejkowski  JC;  Cullen  SW;  Solomon  PL:  Characteristics of persons with severe mental illness who have been incarcerated for murder.  J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2008; 36:74—86
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Torrey  EF:  The association of stigma with violence.  Am J Psychiatry 2011; 168:325
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Matejkowski  JC;  Cullen  SW;  Solomon  PL:  Characteristics of persons with severe mental illness who have been incarcerated for murder.  J Am Acad Psychiatry Law 2008; 36:74—86
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