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Homicide offenders 32 years later: a Swedish population-based study on recidivism
Karolinska Inst, Div Social & Forens Psychiat; Natl Board Forens Med, Dept Forens Psychiat Stockholm.
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Medical Science. Karolinska Inst, Div Social & Forens Psychiat.
2014 (English)In: CBMH. Criminal behaviour and mental health, ISSN 0957-9664, E-ISSN 1471-2857, Vol. 24, no 1, 5-17 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: The literature on recidivism by homicide offenders is scarce despite its importance for individuals and for society.

Aims: To establish the rate of seriously violent re-offending among homicide offenders and identify risk factors for such recidivism.

Methods: A 1970s incident cohort of all homicide offenders, sane and insane, from two regions of Sweden (N=153) was followed up until 2007 using data from the national crime register.

Results: Ten per cent of the cohort (n=15) re-offended. The mean time from index offence to recidivism was 9.4 years. Five people (3%) committed a further homicide, and it was established that another five (3%) offenders had killed before the index offence. Prospective risk factors for violent recidivism were young age, psychotic disorder, male victim, acquainted victim and intoxicated victim.

Conclusions: The prevalence of repeated homicide is higher than previously reported. Victim variables and mental disorder in conjunction with substance abuse appear to be two domains of particular significance for recidivism. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. Vol. 24, no 1, 5-17 p.
Keyword [en]
exploratory analysis. risk
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Psychiatry
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Hälsa och välfärd
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-14927DOI: 10.1002/cbm.1896ISI: 000331299600002PubMedID: 24501077OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-14927DiVA: diva2:739001
Available from: 2014-08-19 Created: 2014-08-19 Last updated: 2015-07-01Bibliographically approved

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