Family representative payeeship and violence risk in severe mental illness.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Although representative payeeship is prevalent among people with mental illness and shows promise to positively influence clinically relevant outcomes, research also suggests this legal mechanism could be implemented in ways that are problematic. The current study examined whether family representative payeeship was associated with elevated risk of family violence perpetrated by persons with severe mental illness (SMI). Data were collected every 4 months for 1 year in structured interviews with N = 245 persons with SMI who received disability benefits. Multivariate analyses showed that substance abuse, history of violence, frequency of family contact, and family representative payeeship were associated with elevated odds of family violence. Analyses also showed family contact and family representative payeeship had a cumulative effect on increasing the predicted probability of family violence (controlling for covariates such as violence history and substance abuse). The data shed light on the potential for family representative payeeship to be associated with increased risk of interpersonal conflict and violence in SMI.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Elbogen, EB; Swanson, JW; Swartz, MS; Van Dorn, R

Published Date

  • October 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 563 - 574

PubMed ID

  • 16254743

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0147-7307

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10979-005-7120-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States