U-M psychiatrist featured in Los Angeles Times article about predicting violent behavior

In the wake of last week’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the Los Angeles Times discussed the issue of predicting an individual’s propensity for violent behavior.

Alan Teo, Ph.D., a psychiatrist at the University of Michigan, spoke with the newspaper about his research regarding assessments looking at an individual’s short-term risk of violence.

"The vast vast majority of people with mental illness are never, ever going to be violent, and even schizophrenics with paranoia are not going to be," Teo told the newspaper. "Paranoia in and of itself does not raise my rating of violence risk. The public should not assume a person with paranoia is actually a danger."

To read the entire article, please visit the LA Times’ "Booster Shots" health blog.

Web Address: http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-predicting-violent-behavior-20121217,0,2875555.story