Handbook of Aggressive and Destructive Behavior in Psychiatric Patients

  • Michel Hersen
  • Robert T. Ammerman
  • Lori A. Sisson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Theoretical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Paul F. Brain
      Pages 3-16
    3. J. Dee Higley, Markku Linnoila, Stephen J. Suomi
      Pages 17-32
    4. Shirley A. Smoyak, D. M. Gorman
      Pages 33-50
    5. Russell G. Geen
      Pages 51-64
    6. Howard D. Lerner, Joshua Ehrlich
      Pages 65-80
    7. Willard B. Frick, Berne Jacobs
      Pages 81-92
  3. General Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Alfonso Troisi, Marco Marchetti
      Pages 95-112
    3. Robert M. Wettstein
      Pages 113-128
    4. Marnie E. Rice, Grant T. Harris, Vernon L. Quinsey
      Pages 129-143
  4. Adult Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Gerald Goldstein
      Pages 165-174
    3. Howard B. Moss, Ihsan M. Salloum, Barry Fisher
      Pages 175-201
    4. William C. Wirshing, Donna Ames, Stephen R. Marder, Tara Hicks-Gray
      Pages 203-220
    5. Alec Roy
      Pages 221-235
    6. Richard P. Kluft
      Pages 237-259
    7. Nathaniel McConaghy
      Pages 261-286
    8. Robert M. Stowe
      Pages 287-304
    9. Jennifer Waltz
      Pages 305-322
  5. Child and Adolescent Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 323-323
    2. Lori A. Sisson
      Pages 325-346
    3. Stephen P. Hinshaw, Cassandra Simmel
      Pages 347-362
    4. David J. Kolko
      Pages 363-394
    5. Miriam S. Lerner
      Pages 395-407
    6. David M. Garner, Lionel W. Rosen
      Pages 409-428
    7. Lori A. Head, Floyd R. Sallee
      Pages 429-444
    8. Oscar G. Bukstein
      Pages 445-468
  6. Special Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 469-469
    2. William J. Warnken, Alan Rosenbaum
      Pages 471-489
    3. Honore M. Hughes, John W. Fantuzzo
      Pages 491-507
    4. Ann W. Burgess, Robert A. Prentky, Allen G. Burgess, John E. Douglas, Robert K. Ressler
      Pages 509-530
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 531-534

About this book


Scarcely a day passes without the media detailing some form of human aggression, whether it be on its grandest scale in the form of war, random bombings and shootings in the streets, torture in a prison camp, murder by gangs, wife abuse resulting in the murder of the husband, or the physical abuse of children, sometimes resulting in their death. Frequently perpetrators of human aggression, when arrested and tried in court, resort to a psychiatric defense. But are all such aggressors indeed appropriately psychiatric patients? And if so, what are their particular diagnoses and how do these relate to aggression? Also of concern is aggression directed against self, as evidenced in the rising incidence of suicide among young people or the self-mutilation of patients suffering from certain personality disorders. Both violence directed outward and aggression toward oneself pose considerable challenges to clinical management, whether in the therapist's office or in the inpatient unit. Although we have not been able to find successful deterrents to aggression, a sizeable body of evidence does exist, certainly of a descriptive nature. Such data for psychiatric patients are scattered, however, and can be found in literatures as diverse as the biological, ethological, epidemiological, legal, philosophical, psychological, psychiatric, and crimi­ nological. Therefore, given the increased frequency with which mental health professionals encounter cases of violence in their day-to-day work, we believed it important that existing data be adduced in one comprehensive volume.


aggression attention brain epidemiology hyperactivity psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Michel Hersen
    • 1
  • Robert T. Ammerman
    • 2
  • Lori A. Sisson
    • 2
  1. 1.Nova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA
  2. 2.Western Pennsylvania School for Blind ChildrenPittsburghUSA

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