Aggression and jealousy in people with dementia ‘red flag for homicide’

Australian researchers find common diagnoses and behaviour patterns are associated with murder and should be addressed in primary care
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Awareness of risk factors for aggressive behaviour in people with dementia could prevent homicides, say Sydney researchers who have conducted the first systematic review on the topic.

Although rare, people with dementia who commit homicide exhibit common characteristics, including psychosis, alcohol use and dysexecutive syndrome, the review finds.