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Risk Factors for Aggression

NOTE: This list is a set of examples of risk factors for aggression upon release to the community for service recipients committed to an RMHI. It is not an exhaustive list.

  • History of Aggression: note pattern of aggression (e.g. rare but very serious acts of aggression, frequent but less serious acts of aggression, aggression in specific circumstances such as response to specific delusions
  • Substance Abuse History
  • Criminal History: violent and non-violent criminal charges
  • Mental Illness: note links between symptoms and aggressive behavior; also note any current active symptoms
  • Personality Disorder/Psychopathy
  • Failure on Previous Community Release
  • Use of a Weapon
  • Unemployment/No meaningful daily activity (note educational activity or other meaningful daily activity such as participation in peer support center are protective)
  • Victim Access (note any at-risk victim class such as children or specific identified prior target of aggression)
  • History of Non-compliance with treatment
  • Hostile Attitudes/Threatening statements and behavior
  • Relationship Loss (death, divorce or separation from significant other or significant social support)
  • Inadequate community alternative to hospitalization (e.g. housing, aftercare, likely exposure to stress, social support)
  • Trauma History
  • Risk of Danger to Self (suicide/self-injury)