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Study Identifies Potential Factors Related to Risk of Community Violence

According to a new study published in Psychiatric Services in Advance, three factors — alcohol use, exhibiting violent behaviors, and being a victim of violence within the past six months — may indicate that an adult with mental illness poses an increased risk to commit community violence in the near future. The study’s authors state that the findings have potential to help mental health professionals identify those patients who may be at risk to behave violently, allowing intervention and possible prevention. 

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