An action model of socially disruptive behaviors committed by persons with severe mental illness: The role of self-reported childhood abuse and suspiciousness-hostility

Golan Shahar, Matthew Chinman, David Sells, Larry Davidson

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Abstract

ESPOUSING an Action Theory approach (Brandstadter, 1998; Lerner, 1982), the authors hypothesized that socially disruptive behaviors committed by people with severe mental illness will be at least partly influenced by incidents of childhood sexual and physical abuse. They further hypothesized that this effect of child abuse on disruptive behaviors in severe mental illness will be mediated by patients' suspiciousness and hostility. Structural equation modeling analyses conducted on data collected from 109 people with severe mental illness provided support for this mediating model. Our results encourage further exploration of the role of childhood maltreatment in the adaptation of people with severe mental illness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-52
Number of pages11
JournalPsychiatry (New York)
Volume66
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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