1 / 6 AFP/Getty Images The most dangerous men are men who have been convicted of violent crimes or who have mental health problems, according to new research.
The most dangerous people are those who have a history of mental illness, violent behavior, a history or even physical or sexual abuse, researchers found.
The study, carried out by the University of Cambridge, analysed data from over 2,000 men aged between 18 and 76 from around the world, including the UK, to discover the most dangerous and the least dangerous people.
The research was conducted by a team of researchers from the university, the University and City University London.
The researchers used data from the National Centre for Mental Health (NMCH) and National Centre of Excellence for Social Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (NCEPSP) to investigate the relationships between mental health and criminality.
“The most problematic men were the ones who had a history, a personality disorder or who had suffered abuse in the past,” said Dr Sarah Burdett, lead author of the study.
“They were the most likely to have been arrested for violent crimes, and the ones most likely who had committed serious physical violence, which we are calling domestic violence,” Dr Burdets research group leader at the University, said.
“There were some men who had been convicted for violent offences, but for a number of reasons they had been left out of the sample.”
The researchers said the results of their study showed that “dangerous” men were those who had “a history or personality disorder of any sort” and had a “history of violence” or were “not mentally healthy”.
Dr Burdetts said the study was “a reminder that violent offenders and their victims are not always the most violent individuals we would want to be”.
“The idea that men who commit violence are the only ones to suffer is deeply damaging,” she said.
The “most dangerous men” included men who were convicted of multiple violent crimes and who were “mentally unstable” and also had “abnormal thoughts and feelings”.
“For some men, their mental health may have deteriorated,” Drs Burdet and her colleagues said.
Women were also more likely to be dangerous and “a lot of them had a mental illness that had a bearing on their violent behavior”.
“These men may be able to control themselves in the face of violence, but the fact that they have a mental health problem and a history makes them particularly vulnerable to violent behavior,” Dr Jules Stoltenberg, a clinical psychologist at the NCEPSPs centre in London, said in a statement.
The National Centre on Mental Health and Mental Health at the London School of Economics and Political Science said it was “very worrying” that a large proportion of the men in the study were not included in the sample.
“This suggests that our research on mental health is biased, and that we don’t know the true extent of the problem,” Dr Stolte added.
“Our research shows that there are many men who are very vulnerable and who may be struggling to cope with their mental illness.”
The study also revealed that “very violent” men had a higher risk of having a mental disorder.
“Many men with a history are not only dangerous but also have a significant number of mental health issues,” Dr Mandy Williams, of the NCHP, said.
“This highlights the importance of getting the right help, particularly if a man has a mental or emotional disorder.”