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Aggression by Jose da Silveira, Malcolm Lader, Alyson Bond

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CHAPTER FOUR

Behavioural aggression in a clinical group

INTRODUCTION

This study was designed to assess physiological and psychological variables in patients with a history of aggression. Studies of biological correlates of aggression in psychiatric patients have been few, and most concentrate on extremely disturbed patients. In most of these experiments, aggression has been assessed through interviews and questionnaires. The data gathered from such studies are indirect, which hinders making reliable inferences.

One problem in dealing with clinical populations is multiple pathology. Thus, patients with a history of acts of aggression or complaints of hostile feelings tend also to suffer from other abnormal behaviour or affects including anxiety, ...

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