Do violent offenders with schizophrenia who attack family members differ from those with other victims?
2003 (English)In: International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, ISSN 1499-9013, Vol. 2, no 2, 195-200 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Do violent offenders with schizophrenia who attack family members differ from those with other victims?Data on individual background factors were collected on all male offenders of violent crimes who for theirfirst time were subject to forensic psychiatric evaluation in Sweden between 1992 and 2000 and were diagnosedwith schizophrenia. In addition to descriptive data for the whole sample, analyses were made in order toidentify possible characteristic factors for offenders who targeted family members. In comparison to offenderswith other victims, the findings indicate an earlier onset of mental illness, in terms of that they were morelikely to have interrupted their schooling at an earlier stage, were more likely to have had psychiatriccontacts in childhood, to be younger when first compulsorily admitted to psychiatric inpatient treatment,and they were also younger when they committed the index crime. The findings suggest the need to addressthe possibility of violent behavior within the family when managing patients with major mental disorders.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. Vol. 2, no 2, 195-200 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-4039OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-4039DiVA: diva2:142989