How Often and How Consistently Do Symptoms Directly Precede Criminal Behavior Among Offenders with Mental Illness?

This study published in Law and Human Behavior examines the relationship between psychiatric symptoms and criminal behavior. Findings show that there is rarely a direct relationship between symptoms of mental illness and criminal behavior. The authors conclude that for interventions to be effective in reducing recidivism among this group, it should expand beyond treating symptoms of mental illness to address each individual’s criminogenic risk factors.  To view the study, click here.