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J Autism Dev Disord. 2014 Nov;44(11):2707-16. doi: 10.1007/s10803-013-1873-0.

Childhood neurodevelopmental disorders and violent criminality: a sibling control study.

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Centre for Ethics, Law and Mental Health (CELAM), University of Gothenburg, Wallinsgatan 8, 431 41, Mölndal, Sweden, sebastian.lundstrom@neuro.gu.se.

Abstract

The longitudinal relationship between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and violent criminality has been extensively documented, while long-term effects of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), tic disorders (TDs), and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) on criminality have been scarcely studied. Using population-based registers of all child and adolescent mental health services in Stockholm, we identified 3,391 children, born 1984-1994, with neurodevelopmental disorders, and compared their risk for subsequent violent criminality with matched controls. Individuals with ADHD or TDs were at elevated risk of committing violent crimes, no such association could be seen for ASDs or OCD. ADHD and TDs are risk factors for subsequent violent criminality, while ASDs and OCD are not associated with violent criminality.

PMID:
23807203
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-013-1873-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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