School of Social Policy & Practice

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 28, 2008

Penn Researcher Finds No Link Between Gun Ownership and Mental Health Problems, Despite Higher Suicide Rates

PHILADELPHIA — In a new study, a researcher from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice has found no link between firearms possession and mental-health conditions that may lead to suicide.

“Mental Health and Firearms in Community-Based Surveys: Implications for Suicide Prevention” is to be published in the June issue of Evaluation Review.

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Cesar Laurean: Charges Pending for Murdering Pregnant Marine

Expert:
Dr. Richard Gelles
Dean, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Credentials:
• Internationally known expert on domestic violence, including pregnant women as murder victims
• Author of “Controversies on Domestic Violence “ and “The Violent Home”
• Currently co-authoring “Intimate Violence and Abuse in Families”