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The temporal relationship between schizophrenia and crime.

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  • 1The Psychiatric Department P, Glostrup University Hospital, Ndr. Ringvej, 2600 Glostrup, Denmark. rumu@glostruphosp.kbhamt.dk

Abstract

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.

PMID:
12861439
DOI:
10.1007/s00127-003-0650-3
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