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Violent behavior by women involuntarily committed to a forensic psychiatric hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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  • Alexandre Valença,
  • Talvane Moraes,
  • Leonardo Meyer,
  • Katia Petribu,
  • Antonio Nardi,
  • Mauro Mendlowicz
Alexandre Valença
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
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Talvane Moraes
Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro
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Leonardo Meyer
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
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Katia Petribu
University of Pernambuco
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Antonio Nardi
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
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Mauro Mendlowicz
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
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Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

28 Jun 2020Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
30 Jun 2020Assigned to Editor
30 Jun 2020Submission Checks Completed
01 Jul 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
02 Aug 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending

Abstract

Objective: The goal of the current study was to evaluate the sociodemographic, criminological, and psychiatric characteristics of the full sample of female violent offenders committed involuntarily to a forensic psychiatric hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Method: Psychiatric assessment using SCID-IV in all the female violent offenders treated in the only forensic psychiatric hospital in the state. Results: Most offenders (n = 29) were non-Caucasian single women with very low income. Schizophrenia was the most common diagnosis. Most patients had already been diagnosed with a mental disorder and placed under psychiatric treatment, but dropout and non-adherence were common. Conclusion: Violent behavior in mentally ill female offenders may at least partially reflect the failure of mental health and social services to provide much-needed support for economically and socially vulnerable women.