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Letters to the Editor
February 1999

Violence in the Mentally Ill: Questions Remain

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1999;56(2):193. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.56.2.193

The landmark study of Steadman et al,1 though carefully designed, has certain limitations. The investigators adopted the log-linear analysis as the principal method to analyze event rates for violent and aggressive behavior. This method ignores the fact that repeated observations are made in the same subjects, and assumes that measurements from the same subject are independent.

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