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Men with Schizophrenia Who Behave Violently: The Usefulness of an Early- Versus Late-Start Offender Typology

Anders Tengström, Sheilagh Hodgins and Gunnar Kullgren

in Schizophrenia Bulletin

Published on behalf of Maryland Psychiatric Research Center

Volume 27, issue 2, pages 205-218
Published in print January 2001 | ISSN: 0586-7614
Published online January 2001 | e-ISSN: 1745-1701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.schbul.a006867
Men with Schizophrenia Who Behave Violently: The Usefulness of an Early- Versus Late-Start Offender Typology

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Persons who develop schizophrenia are more likely than nondisordered persons to commit crimes. It is important to investigate those who offend, in order to develop treatment programs that effectively prevent recidivism, and eventually, early childhood violence prevention programs. Recent studies have shown that among offenders with major mental disorders, there are two groups: early starters, who begin their criminal careers in adolescence; and late starters, who first offend as adults. The present study examined 272 violent male offenders with schizophrenia in Sweden who underwent a pretrial psychiatric assessment between 1988 and 1995. Early- and late-start offenders were found to present differences in behavior, comorbid disorders, personality traits, and referrals for treatment in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Their parents also differed. The findings have implications for treatment and management of offenders with schizophrenia, for risk assessment, and for prevention.

Keywords: Schizophrenia; violence; criminality; psychopathy; antisocial personality disorder

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Subjects: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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