An ample volume of research evidence supports the conclusion that drug use/abuse is correlated with violent behavior. Some studies have shown that co-morbidity also appears to be predictive of violent behavior. The research evidence indicates gender differences, while socio-economic and familial factors play a role, too. Method: we conducted a retrospective study of the clinical files of four public psychiatric outpatient facilities during five years. The objectives of the research were to identify and analyze relationships between: a) cannabis use/abuse and violent behavior and b) cannabis use/abuse, psychopathology, and violent behavior. The study sample consisted of 1,582 subjects. The data, gathered in a dedicated database, were processed by applying univariate and multivariate analysis models. Results: Subjects who used/ abused cannabis showed a high prevalence of violent behavior. Regardless of the type of psychiatric disorder, the use of cannabis appears to be an evident risk factor. Significant correlations also emerged between cannabis use/abuse and the type of violent behavior, especially self-inflicted injury. Evidence also emerged that other factors are implicated. This is consistent with the current literature proposing multi-causal explanations of violent behavior.
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|Titolo:||Cannabis use and violent behavior: a psychiatric patients cohort study in southern Italy|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Citazione:||Cannabis use and violent behavior: a psychiatric patients cohort study in southern Italy / Carabellese, F; Candelli, C; Martinelli, D; La Tegola, D; Catanesi, R. - In: RIVISTA DI PSICHIATRIA. - ISSN 0035-6484. - 48:1(2013), pp. 43-50.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|