Matt DeLisi, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Professor and professor of sociology, has published a paper titled “Homicidal Ideation and Forensic Psychopathology: Evidence From the 2016 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS)” in the Aug. 12, 2019, online edition of the Journal of Forensic Sciences. DeLisi’s co-authors are Jason Carbone, Wayne State University; Katherine Holzer, Saint Louis University; and Michael Vaughn, Saint Louis University.
By analyzing data from the 2016 NEDS, the authors found 64,910 cases of homicidal ideation—thoughts of homicide—among a sample of more than 25.6 million. They found that numerous conditions increased these thoughts, including antisocial personality disorder, schizoaffective disorder, borderline personality disorder and several others. DeLisi and his team concluded that homicidal ideation is present with other serious psychiatric and behavioral problems, and has important implications for offender types.