University of Gothenburg



The Child and Adolescent Twin Study in Sweden

This is an ongoing longitudinal twin study targeting all twins born in Sweden since July 1, 1992.

Court hearings concerning the continuation of forensic psychiatric care in Sweden

Experiences, perceptions and reactions within patients and caregivers


The Development of Aggressive Antisocial Behavior Study

It will test specific hypothesis about the associations between early-onset behaviour problems and a broader patterns of coexisting psychiatric problems, maladaptive personality traits and psychosocial problems.  

Exercise in Forensic Psychiatric care

The overall aim of this project is to describe and examine the effects of exercise regarding physical fitness, risk factors for heart / vascular disease, use of medication, and general level of functioning, aggression and stress, in patients within forensic psychiatric inpatient care.


Understanding and control in forensic psychiatric reports and court verdicts

The project aims to identify how questions regarding the ability to understand and control one’s behaviour have been discussed in forensic psychiatric investigations, in the related district court verdicts, how judgments of criminal intent are related to these assessments and, subsequently, to analyze the function of the concepts in legal praxis.

Measuring aggression for prediction and treatment

To validate standardised measures that can be used as primary or secondary measures of outcome reflecting aggressive antisocial behaviour in controlled clinical trials of proposed treatments.

Personality in relation to neurodevelopmental problems

The project is a collaboration of psychologists, biologists, psychiatrist, pedagogists, and philosophers from the University of Gothenburg, Lund University and Washington University i St. Louis. The aims are: (1) to investigate the effect of personality and symptoms of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as, ADHD, autism, etcetera, (2) to investigate the etiology of personality dimensions (i.e., temperament and character), and (3) to plan/design/test person-centered preventions and interventions that lead to less dysfunction and suffering, and increases well-being.


The Swedish National Forensic Psychiatric Register (SNFPR)

The purpose of this research project is to do the first analyses and compilation of the SNFPR with the aim to get a clear view over patients sentenced to forensic psychiatric care.


Forensic Psychiatric Follow-up Studies

This project is a follow-up of several cohorts of forensic psychiatric investigees, convicted perpetrators of violent and sexual crimes, and youths placed in institutional care, with the aim of describing the development of aggressive antisociality and mental disorders during periods from 3-5 years up to 10-15 years, and in some cases even nearly 20 years.

Offender characteristics of men convicted of partner violent crime.

The overall aim of the project crime is to investigate psychosocial, psychological and mental health factors related to aggressive antisocial behaviors and violence in order to identify factors associated to severity of violence and criminal recidivism with special reference to partner abuse.


Female perpetrators of aggravated/lethal violence:
What are the associations between mental disorders, risk factors for criminality, and criminal behavior?

Previous and completed Projects


Philosophical Investigations in Forensic Psychiatry

The project analyses and evaluates both the current Swedish model regarding the handling of mentally disturbed criminal offenders and the proposals made by Psykansvarskommittén and Psykiatrilagsutredningen.

The "1%" study

This study focuses on the distribution of violent convictions in the Swedish population.

FNP (The Gothenburg Forensic Neuropsychiatry Project)

Investigations of neurobiological correlates of aggression.


Evaluation of the Strategic Training in Community 

Supervision Program in the Swedish Probation Service

Treatment Effects of Cattle in Forensic Settings

In Sweden, three prisons are providing daily work with animal care - mainly cattle.

Yoga in a Prison Population

In this project we propose to evaluate the psychobiological effects of yoga techniques in the reduction of stress and aggressive/impulsive behavior in convicted criminals in Sweden.