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PERSPECTIVE/VIEWPOINT
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 85-93

Inside the Mind of the Adolescent School Shooter: Contributing Factors and Prevention


Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Eugenio M Rothe
2199 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Suite 304, Coral Gables 33134, Florida
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/wsp.wsp_18_22

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Situations involving active firearm shooters in schools have increased exponentially in recent years, especially in the United States. These events result in death and psychological traumatization, not just to the involved school but also to the surrounding communities and to the rest of the population of the United States and other countries who observe these massacres in the media. This article will review the recent statistics of school shooting incidents in the United States, the psychological profiles of the perpetrators, the pattern of circumstances that contribute to the buildup until the point the act if committed, the effectiveness of the responses by authorities, the possible risk factors and precipitating factors for these attacks, the psychological sequelae to individuals, families, and the communities, and the evidence-based preventive interventions.


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