High Rates of Mental Illness Associated With Gang Membership | Psychiatric News

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Gang membership and involvement in gang violence should be routinely assessed in young men presenting to health care services with psychiatric morbidity in urban areas with high levels of gang activity.

That’s the take-home message from a study appearing online in AJP in Advance July 12 that showed extraordinarily high rates of mental illness among young male gang members in Great Britain.

The study found rates of psychosis, antisocial personality disorder, alcohol dependence, and anxiety, among other disorders, far in excess of the expected prevalence in the general population.

via High Rates of Mental Illness Associated With Gang Membership | Psychiatric News

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