Community violence and inpatient assaults: Neurobiological deficits

Menahem Krakowski, Pal Czobor, Mary D. Carpenter, Jan Libiger, Michal Kunz, Hana Papezova, B. B. Parker, Lorraine Schmader, Theresa Abad

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The goals of this study were to examine the relationships between community violence and inpatient assaults and to identify neurological and neuropsychological deficits underlying violent behavior. Thirty-three inpatient with a history of community violence were compared with 69 patients who did not have such a history. Inpatient assaults were recorded for 4 weeks; a neurological/neuropsychological battery was then administered. Patients without community violence were more likely to show transient or no violence white in the hospital. Patients with community violence performed more poorly on the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test and on psychomotor tasks, impairments that are consistent with frontal lobe dysfunction. Inpatient assaults were not associated with these neuropsychological impairments. They were related, however, to impairment on frontal motor programming tasks and a history of community violence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-555
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Krakowski, M., Czobor, P., Carpenter, M. D., Libiger, J., Kunz, M., Papezova, H., Parker, B. B., Schmader, L., & Abad, T. (1997). Community violence and inpatient assaults: Neurobiological deficits. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 9(4), 549-555.