University of Surrey

Test tubes in the lab Research in the ATI Dance Research

Mental illness, substance abuse, demographics and offending: dual diagnosis in the suburbs. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry

Wright, S, Gournay, K, Glorney, E and Thornicroft, G (2002) Mental illness, substance abuse, demographics and offending: dual diagnosis in the suburbs. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 13 (1). pp. 35-52.

[img] Text
Wright, Gournay, Glorney and Thornicroft, 2002.pdf - ["content_typename_UNSPECIFIED" not defined]
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (193kB)


High rates of offending and violence have been found in patients with co-morbid severe mental illness and substance misuse (dual diagnosis), although research has focused upon inner-city populations. This study compares offending and violence rates in patients with dual diagnosis (DD) and patients with psychosis only, drawing on a more demographically representative population. Forty patients with severe mental disorders were interviewed in a geographically defined catchment area in Croydon, Surrey. Cases of alcohol or drug misuse were identified, and measures of lifetime history of offending (including violence) and recent violence were obtained. DD patients were more likely to report a lifetime history of both offending and violence than patients with psychosis only (although gender may play a greater role than substance misuse). Few instances of recent violence were found, and no between-group differences were detected. The medical caserecords of DD patients were significantly more likely to contain a lifetime history of non-substance misuse-related offending, but not violence. However, the extent to which substance misuse contributes to violence and offending independently of contextual variables requires further investigation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Date : 1 January 2002
Identification Number : 10.1080/09585180210123276
Additional Information : This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 2002, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 26 Aug 2014 09:01
Last Modified : 28 Mar 2017 13:25

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

Information about this web site

© The University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.
+44 (0)1483 300800