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Criminality and Violence Among the Mentally Disordered: The Stockholm Metropolitan Project (Cambridge Studies in Criminology)by Sheilagh Hodgins
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In recent years there has been a significant increase in crime among persons suffering from major mental disorders. The authors attempt to describe the criminality of the mentally ill and to identify the complex chain of factors which cause it. As part of their analysis they examine a unique group of 15,117 persons born in Stockholm who were studied from prenatal development to the age of thirty. Their findings make a valuable contribution to ongoing debates on mental health and criminal justice policy and practice.
Attempts to describe and understand the criminality of the mentally disordered.
About the Author
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 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).
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; 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.
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