Journal article

Criminal conviction among offspring with parental history of mental disorder.

K Dean, PB Mortensen, H Stevens, RM Murray, E Walsh, E Agerbo

Psychol Med | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Offspring of parents with mental disorder are at risk of a range of adverse outcomes. We sought to establish whether such risks extend to offending by examining rates of criminal conviction, including conviction for violent and sexual offences, among offspring of parents with mental disorder compared to offspring without parental disorder. METHOD: From a random sample of the Danish population, a cohort aged ≤15 years (n=412,117) was followed for the occurrence of conviction between January 1981 and December 2006. Incidence rate ratios (IRRs) and cumulative incidences for offspring conviction by parental mental disorder status were calculated using a Cox regression model. Analyses..

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