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Prediction of dangerous behaviour in male erotomania.
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PMID:  7795929     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: New cases of erotomania in men, plus cases from the literature, were analysed to explore any association between erotomania and dangerousness, and to identify possible predictors. METHOD: Files at two in-patient facilities were examined to determine the presence of DSM-III-R delusional disorder, erotomanic type. The sample (13 cases) was divided into dangerous and benign groups on the basis of serious antisocial behaviour directly related to erotomanic delusions. These cases were combined with all reports of erotomania in men (16 cases), found in the English language psychiatric literature, to allow for statistical analysis. RESULTS: Two factors, multiple delusional objects (P < 0.0005) and serious antisocial behaviour unrelated to the delusions (P < 0.05), were found to be significantly associated with dangerousness. Using a combination of these two variables it was possible to predict dangerousness with an accuracy of 88.9% (weighted prediction accuracy or 'hit rate'). We identified no false negatives but three false positives. CONCLUSIONS: The presence of multiple objects, and a history of serious antisocial behaviour unrelated to the erotomanic delusions, are useful predictors of dangerous behaviour in men with erotomania.
R P Menzies; J P Fedoroff; C M Green; K Isaacson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science     Volume:  166     ISSN:  0007-1250     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1995 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-07-31     Completed Date:  1995-07-31     Revised Date:  2010-03-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0342367     Medline TA:  Br J Psychiatry     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  529-36     Citation Subset:  IM    
Regional Psychiatric Centre (Prairies), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Dangerous Behavior*
Delusions / diagnosis,  psychology
Middle Aged
Personality Disorders / diagnosis,  psychology
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Sexual Behavior*

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