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Understanding Subjects with Paranoid Schizophrenia

NCJ Number
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Volume: 68 Issue: 12 Dated: December 1999 Pages: 8-16
Kris Mohandie Ph.D.; James E. Duffy
Date Published
9 pages
This article illustrates how better understanding the characteristics of individuals with schizophrenia can help law enforcement officers resolve potentially violent situations.
Law enforcement first responders and negotiators must understand individuals diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia by learning the characteristics they may exhibit. These individuals will have two or more of the following characteristic symptoms, each of which exists for a significant portion of time during a 1-month period (or less if successfully treated): delusions; hallucinations; disorganized speech; grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior; and negative symptoms (no emotion). The article reviews violence risk among people with schizophrenia, case examples, crisis management strategies (verbal and nonverbal), physical tactics/alternative strategy considerations and incident assessment. The article includes negotiator/first responder guidelines. Notes