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Criminality and Violence among the Mentally Disordered
The Stockholm Metropolitan Project


Part of Cambridge Studies in Criminology

  • Date Published: May 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521111355

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  • In recent years it has become apparent that mentally ill people are at increased risk of committing crimes of violence. Most writing and research about crime and mental disorder has focused necessarily on the immediate problems which confront clinicians and law makers - assessing and managing the future risk of violence. In this important new book the authors attempt to step back from these immediate preoccupations and describe the criminality of the mentally ill and try to identify the complex chain of factors which cause it. As part of their analysis they examine a unique cohort composed of 15,117 persons born in Stockholm who were studied from pregnancy to the age of thirty. While they conclude that we still do not understand exactly how and why persons with major mental disorders commit crimes, their findings make a valuable contribution to ongoing debates on mental health and criminal justice policy and practice.

    • Based on longitudinal study of over 15,000 persons from prenatal development to age 30
    • Attempts to understand the etiology of crime and violence amongst the mentally disordered
    • Examines different types of offenders in terms of mental disorders and development
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    'This book is very important for forensic mental health care professionals and researchers. The authors present a unique set of prospective and retrospective Swedish data on the relationship between mental disorder and crime. … I highly recommend this book to all forensic mental health professionals and researchers in the field. Not only are the findings from the research presented important and unique; the authors also teach us much about research methodology, and its limitations, that lead the way for future research in this field.' Behaviour Research and Therapy

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521111355
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 31 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Research on the criminality and violence of the mentally ill
    2. The longitudinal approach
    3. Swedish society and Stockholm: the cohort and its context
    4. Criminality
    5. Explanations of the criminality of the mentally ill
    6. Early and late starters
    7. Conclusion.

  • Authors

    Sheilagh Hodgins, Université de Montréal
    Sheilagh Hodgins is Professor at the Université de Montréal, Foreign Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, and Adjunct Professor at Concordia University, Montréal. Her recent books include Violence Among the Mentally Ill: Effective Treatments and Management Strategies (2000) and with R. Müller-Isberner Violence, Crime and Mentally Disordered Offenders: Concepts and Methods for Effective Treatment and Prevention (2000).

    Carl-Gunnar Janson, Stockholms Universitet
    Carl-Gunnar Janson is Sociology Professor Emeritus at Stockholm University. In 1964 he started Project Metropolitan and is still analyzing its data. He is the editor of Seven Swedish Longitudinal Studies in Behavioral Sciences (2000).

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