Criminality and Violence among the Mentally Disordered: The Stockholm Metropolitan Project

Criminality and Violence among the Mentally Disordered: The Stockholm Metropolitan Project

Criminality and Violence among the Mentally Disordered: The Stockholm Metropolitan Project

Criminality and Violence among the Mentally Disordered: The Stockholm Metropolitan Project

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

This book illustrates how an investigation of a birth cohort followed for thirty years, which was designed principally as a study of inequality and social deviance, was used to examine the relation between the major mental disorders and criminality. the findings presented here, plus those found in many other publications from Project Metropolitan, demonstrate the wealth of knowledge that can only be gleaned from tracking individuals over their life-span. the present volume also illustrates how information routinely collected by governments can be de-identified and used in a cost-effective manner to study questions which have important implications for social policy and as well for advancing our understanding of human development. the results reported here also demonstrate how the data from such a project can be used to answer questions that were not even thought of at the time the project was designed. the Scandinavian tradition of supporting and maintaining longitudinal investigations of cohorts which integrate information from registers with information collected from the subjects themselves is to be praised. This tradition, now being slowly adopted elsewhere, has proven repeatedly to produce a wealth of knowledge that cannot be obtained in other ways. (See, for example, C. G. Janson (ed.), Some Swedish Longitudinal Studies in the Behavioural Sciences, 2000.)

The criminality of persons who suffer from major mental disorders is now a social problem confronting governments in the Western industrialised countries. the results from Project Metropolitan were the first published epidemiological data on criminality among persons who develop mental illness in the era of deinstitutionalisation. As described in this volume, they have subsequently been replicated by investigations of birth cohorts in three other countries and by numerous cross-sectional studies of samples of . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.