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Brianna Mills Examines Behavioral Indicators of Shooting Risk

Posted: 8/17/2018 (CSDE Research)

CSDE Fellow Allumnus Brianna Mills, Research Scientist at Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, examines how certain behaviors contribute to the risk of getting shot – by crime, by police, or by self-harm. Her research, which was supported by CSDE’s Shaahan Fellowship, was recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Mills compared two groups: deaths or injuries due to gun violence and deaths or injuries from vehicle accidents, which served as the control. For each group, she examined arrest histories and mental disorder and substance abuse diagnoses. Mills found that gun violence victims in the police interventions group were 22 times more likely to have a conduct disorder than those in the control group.

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