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Schizophrénie et homicide : réflexions autour d’un cas clinique et revue critique de la littérature

Abstract : This work is dealing with the relationship between schizophrenia and homicide. It’s structured in two parts. Firstly, a clinical case from the literature about a schizophrenic patient who committed a homicide in 1982 is introduced. The main aim consists of drawing up some psychopathological components that may lead to such an act. Secondly, a literature review has been gone over in two times, systematic over the last ten years, that was enlarged at any period by cross-reference.
Methods: a search was made using PubMed and PsychInfo databases, from January the 1st, 2009 to February 23, 2019, in French and English languages, using the following keywords: schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, violence, homicide. A first selection was made by reading the titles and abstracts, then the entire article with inclusion and exclusion criteria.
Results: in the last ten years part, 44 studies were included, and 27 in the other one. Schizophrenia is associated with a risk of homicide, increased by a factor of 10 compared to general population. To be a male, have criminal records, take drugs, have a dissocial personality and being in an active and an active episode of delirium are so many risk factors of homicidal acts. Schizophrenic people kill more of their family members or acquaintances than strangers, and they mainly use a blunt or edged weapon.
Conclusion: all the homicide risk factors in schizophrenic people can’t be clearly identified with current literature data.
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Vincent Panizzi. Schizophrénie et homicide : réflexions autour d’un cas clinique et revue critique de la littérature. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2019. ⟨dumas-03179962⟩



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