Friday, April 10, 2015

How many American adults have impulsive anger issues and access to guns?

A press release from Duke University on April 8th stated that:

“An estimated 9 percent of adults in the U.S. have a history of impulsive, angry behavior and have access to guns, according to a study published this month in Behavioral Sciences and the Law. The study also found that an estimated 1.5 percent of adults report impulsive anger and carry firearms outside their homes.

....The researchers analyzed data from 5,563 face-to-face interviews conducted in the National Comorbidity Study Replication (NCS-R), a nationally representative survey of mental disorders in the U.S. led by Harvard in the early 2000s.

The study found little overlap between participants with serious mental illnesses and those with a history of impulsive, angry behavior and access to guns.

‘Gun violence and serious mental illness are two very important but distinct public health issues that intersect only at their edges,’ Swanson said.”

Several of my blog posts have discussed another magazine article on social fears based on data from the NCS-R. Those large, careful surveys continue to provide us with lots of useful information.  

The ancestor of Yosemite Sam was adapted from an 1898 Puck magazine cartoon

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