Mentally Ill And Criminal Behavior Research Paper

Length: 2 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Psychology Type: Research Paper Paper: #22437569 Related Topics: School Shooting, School Shootings, Mental Illness, Bipolar Disorder
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Mental Illness and Crime

Virginia Tech is a prestigious private university on the east coast of America that might forever be associated with the skewed actions of one man. Seung-Hui Cho was a fourth year student at Virginia Tech and was responsible for the deadliest rampage this university has ever seen. Born in South Korea in 1984, it was eight years later that Cho received permanent residency in the United States. In the wake of such extreme violence and tragedy, people can't help but ask themselves if something could have been done instead to prevent this act of violence or if these actions could have been predicted in some manner. This is particularly true given the fact that Cho was ordered by a judge to receive mental health care in 2005. This paper will take a look at the relationship between mental illness and serious crimes.

• How often are mentally ill patients involved in serious crimes?

This is a really important question to ask, as there's a necessity to debunk much of the mythology between mental illness and crime. The media blows a great deal out of proportion

"In a study of crimes committed by people with serious mental...


Quite commonly, when people hear about crimes and mental illness, they're general in major news stories, with the media making a big deal about the fact that the criminal suffered from a certain amount of mental illness. The reality that researchers have come across time and again is that people with mental illness are not violent, not criminal and seldom dangerous (, 2014).

• Is there statistical data showing a correlation between mental illness and criminal behavior?

There is statistical data available, but the data doesn't show a high level of correlation between the two elements. The amount of crimes attributed to mental illness really just amounts to around one in every five crimes committed (, 2014).

• Give an example of another mentally ill person involved in serious crime. Discuss the details of…

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References, (2014, April 21) "Mental Illness Not Usually Linked to Crime, Research Finds."

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