Department of Economics and Business Economics

Offending prior to first psychiatric contact: a population-based register study

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There is a well-established association between psychotic disorders and subsequent offending but the extent to which those who develop psychosis might have a prior history of offending is less clear. Little is known about whether the association between illness and offending exists in non-psychotic disorders. The aim of this study was to determine whether the association between mental disorder and offending is present prior to illness onset in psychotic and non-psychotic disorders. Method In a nested case-control study, cases (n=101 890) with a first psychiatric contact during the period 1995 to 2006 were identified and matched by age and gender to population-based controls (n=2 236 195). Exposure was defined as prior criminal and violent offending.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPsychological Medicine
Pages (from-to)2673-84
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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