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Violent recidivism: a long-time follow-up study of mentally disordered offenders.

Journal article
Authors Thomas Nilsson
Märta Wallinius
Christina Gustavson
Henrik Anckarsäter
Nora Kerekes
Published in PloS one
Volume 6
Issue 10
Pages e25768
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication year 2011
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry
Pages e25768
Language en
Keywords Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Criminals, psychology, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Kaplan-Meier Estimate, Logistic Models, Male, Mental Disorders, psychology, Middle Aged, Recurrence, Risk Factors, Time Factors, Violence, psychology, Young Adult
Subject categories Psychiatry


In this prospective study, mentally disordered perpetrators of severe violent and/or sexual crimes were followed through official registers for 59 (range 8 to 73) months. The relapse rate in criminality was assessed, compared between offenders sentenced to prison versus forensic psychiatric care, and the predictive ability of various risk factors (criminological, clinical, and of structured assessment instruments) was investigated.

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