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The temporal relationship between schizophrenia and crime

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  • Runa Munkner
  • Soeren Haastrup
  • Torben Joergensen
  • Peter Kramp
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the temporal relationship between illness onset and the possible beginning of a criminal career among people with schizophrenia, even though criminality, especially violent criminality, has been shown to be more common among people with schizophrenia than among people in general. AIM: The aim of this study was to analyse the temporal relationship between registered crime and contact to the psychiatric hospital system. METHOD: This is a register-based study merging data on the psychiatric career with criminal records. RESULTS: Among the males with schizophrenia, 37% started a criminal career and 13% had committed first violent crime before first contact with the psychiatric hospital system. CONCLUSION: The criminality committed before first contact to the psychiatric hospital system is substantial, especially among males with schizophrenia.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Vol/bind38
Udgave nummer7
Sider (fra-til)347-53
Antal sider7
ISSN0933-7954
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 1 jul. 2003

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