Violent Self-harm in Schizophrenia
Symonds C S~~Taylor S~~et al.
This study examined whether patients with schizophrenia were more likely to self-harm in a violent manner. A retrospective analysis was performed on method, motive, & suicidal intent in patients with schizophrenia & adjustment reaction who presented with self-harm over 3 years. It found there was no significant difference between the 2 groups in terms of violence of method or suicidal intent. This study suggests that the expected pattern of violent self-harm in schizophrenia is inaccurate & for the majority the acts are of a similar nature to those seen in adjustment reactions. (17 refs)