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Epidemiological Studies of Women Prisoners, I: Medical and Psychiatric Variables Related to Violent Behavior
CARLOS E. CLIMENT; ANN ROLLINS; FRANK R. ERVIN; ROBERT PLUTCHIK
Am J Psychiatry 1973;130:985-990.
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Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Universidad del Valle Medical School, Apartado aereo 2188, Cali, Colombia, S.A., and Visiting Lecturer, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Mass.

Scientist, Bolt Beranek and Newman, Cambridge, Mass.

Professor of Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of California at Los Angeles

Director, Program Development and Clinical Research, Department of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y.

1973, the American Psychiatric Association

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Ninety-five women prison volunteers participated in an investigation of medical and psychiatric correlates of violent behavior. Violence was measured in five independent ways. Concurrence of all five measures was the criterion for establishing a relationship between violence and a given variable. The variables most highly associated with violence were maternal loss before age ten, severe parental punishment, neurological disorders in relatives, the dyscontrol syndrome, and easy access to weapons. These results underscore the need for a multidisciplinary approach to the studty of violence rather than for investigations within isolated disciplines.

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