Mass Shootings Linked to Domestic Violence? And Other News

Closeup of tears streaming down woman's faceAccording to the ex-wife of Omar Mateen, the gunman in last weekend’s Orlando night club shooting, Mateen beat her, took her money, and isolated her from loved ones until her parents helped her flee in 2009. Her story is not unusual. Researchers are increasingly uncovering a link between acts of mass violence and interpersonal and domestic violence.

An analysis by Everytown for Gun Safety of mass shootings that occurred between January 2009 and July 2015 found 57% of mass shooters killed a former or current intimate partner or family member. Of 133 mass shooters, at least 21 had a documented history of domestic violence. Almost a third of mass shooting deaths that took place in 2015 were related to domestic violence. Many reports have found a link between harming family members—particularly female family members—and later acts of violence against strangers.

Some analysts point to a correlation between the desire to control female intimate partners and the “traditional” gender roles many mass shooters endorse.

Could Less Time in Bed Prevent Chronic Insomnia?

People with insomnia are often accustomed to tossing and turning all night, but this restless time in bed may actually make insomnia worse. A study of 461 participants, 67 of whom developed insomnia, found restricting time in bed helped people with insomnia sleep more.

Early Puberty in Girls Raises the Risk of Depression

Girls who begin puberty earlier than others may be more vulnerable to depression, according to a large study of more than 8,000 Hong Kong children. Anxiety, disordered eating, and self-harm may also be more common in girls who enter puberty early. There is some evidence that growing up in adverse conditions—such as poverty—can lead to early puberty.

Who May Die? California Patients and Doctors Wrestle with Assisted Suicide

California’s recent legalization of assisted suicide increased the percentage of Americans who may legally elect to end their lives from 4% to 16%. Many hospitals do not yet have policies for complying with the law, and no provider is required to help a patient die. Both doctors and patients continue to grapple with when assisted suicide is appropriate, and the standards that work for one patient may be irrelevant for another.

Experts Worry High Military Suicide Rates Are ‘New Normal’

It has been seven years since a doubling in Army suicide rates, yet the military has not still not addressed several stigmatizing policies identified by a 2014 RAND Corporation study. Experts say addressing these policies could greatly reduce the suicide rate. Statistics on suicide, which were once available once per month, are now only available quarterly. Experts worry this could signal a “new normal” of high suicides, with little hope for improvement.

For Teenagers, the Pleasure of ‘Likes’

Parents may worry about drugs and alcohol, but social media “likes” may give some adolescents the same rush that other generations got from chemical substances. A study of 32 teenagers who regularly used social media found social media attention activated the same reward centers as sex, money, or ice cream. The study found peer pressure also played a role in teenagers’ social media participation, including the images they did and did not click. In this case, the study’s authors say peer pressure—or peer influence—may not always be negative.

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  • Melissa

    June 17th, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Oh golly when I have those restless sleepless nights I just go ahead and get up. I will pick up a book and read or either get up and clean. Anything to me is better than just lying there knowing that sleep is going to elude you for the night.

  • Kimberly

    June 18th, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    It is terrible when the warning signs are all there that this is a person who will eventually snap and take out their rage on innocent people, but we cannot be mind readers and the ex wife is not to blame. She had no way of knowing what he could do because she was worried about protecting herself and getting away from him.
    Now the new wife? The one he told he was going to do this? There is some question there in my mind about how much she knew and also how much she should be held responsible.
    the bottom line is that if you see something or you hear something, then it is your responsibility to say something.

  • dove

    June 20th, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    so thankful to have two girls who went through puberty when they were a little older, have to hope that this helps stave off some of those things that go along with earlier onset

  • Genevieve

    June 21st, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    It sounds sort of shallow as an adult to say this but yeah, I like it when I get those”likes” with the things that I may post on social media websites. It’s very satisfying to know that I have posted something that makes someone think or laugh or smile, or just to know that someone sees what I have posted as valuable.
    And I am an adult and can sometimes get caught up in that so I know that for teens that the temptation is probably even greater.
    Ugh, when did it all boil down to the fact that most if us from time to time still need to know that someone else approves of what we are doing?

  • Roland

    June 21st, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    high rates of suicide no matter the demographic should ever be seen as the norm

  • lionel

    June 23rd, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Why on earth are we still grappling with the issue of physician assisted suicide?

    Whether you agree with it or not, sometimes it is the right and compassionate thing to do.
    If this is what a terminal patient wants or when they are not able to make the decisions, what the family wants then I think that doctors should be allowed to help them through this.

    It is never goignt o be an easy decision for anyone, but there are times when compassion is the answer and this would be one of those times when I think that this would be cause for that.

    No one wants to have to let a family member suffer just because we will not allow them to have their final wishes fulfilled.

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