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Centre for Ethics, Law and Mental Health

Centre for Ethics, Law and Mental Health conducts, supports and disseminates research about mental disorders, aggressive behaviour and moral and legal responsibility in an inter-disciplinary framework. The centre is a collaboration between University of Gothenburg, The National Board of Forensic Medicine, Swedish Prison and Probation Service, and The Forensic Psychiatric Clinic, Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

The aims of the Centre are to:

  • stimulate inter-disciplinary research within the area
  • support national and international scientific exchange
  • offer education and tutoring for graduate and post-graduate students
  • interact with the governmental organisations responsible for adolescent and adult criminal offenders with mental health problems
  • inform the public about up-to-date research within the area


Recently published by coworkers at the Celam

New article:

  • Danilo Garcia; Shane MacDonald (2017).
    Dark Personality Profiles: Estimating the Cluster Structure of the Dark Triad 2046-0252, GUP 253098

New article:

  • Kelly Donahue; Niklas Långström; Sebastian Lundström; Paul Lichtenstein; Mats Forsman (2017).
    Familial Factors, Victimization, and Psychological Health Among Sexual Minority Adolescents in Sweden. 1541-0048, GUP 250387

New article:

  • Martin Cederlöf; Ralf Kuja-Halkola; Henrik Larsson; Arvid Sjölander; Per Östberg; Sebastian Lundström; Ian Kelleher; Paul Lichtenstein (2017).
    A longitudinal study of adolescent psychotic experiences and later development of substance use disorder and suicidal behavior. 1573-2509, GUP 250386

New article:

  • Ann-Sophie Lindqvist Bagge; T. Rosen; Claudia Fahlke; C. Ehrnborg; B.O. Eriksson; Tommy Moberg; I. Thiblin (2017).
    Somatic effects of AAS abuse: A 30-years follow-up study of male former power sports athletes. 1878-1861, GUP 252458

New article:

  • M. J. Taylor; Christopher Gillberg; P. Lichtenstein; Sebastian Lundström (2017).
    Etiological influences on the stability of autistic traits from childhood to early adulthood: evidence from a twin study 2040-2392, GUP 252327


New article:

  • Danilo Garcia; Shane MacDonald; Max Rapp-Ricciardi (2017).
    Factor Analysis of the Swedish Version of the Dark Triad Dirty Dozen 2046-0252, GUP 251774

New article:

  • Björn N. Persson; Petri Kajonius; Danilo Garcia (2017).
    Revisiting the Structure of the Short Dark Triad 1073-1911, GUP 251773

New article:

  • H. K. Carlsen; Steinn Steingrimsson; M. I. Sigurdsson; S. Sigfusson; A. Magnusson (2017).
    Latent classes in diagnoses among psychiatric inpatients predicting mortality and imprisonment - a nationwide cohort study 0924-9338, GUP 251112

New article:

  • Kelly Donahue; Niklas Långström; Sebastian Lundström; Paul Lichtenstein; Mats Forsman (2017).
    Familial Factors, Victimization, and Psychological Health Among Sexual Minority Adolescents in Sweden. 1541-0048, GUP 250387


Collective Works:

  • E. Dunbar; A. Blanco; D. A. Crèvecoeur-MacPhail; Christian Munthe; Michael Fingerle; David Brax (2017).
    The Psychology of Hate Crimes as Domestic Terrorism: U.S. and Global Issues. Vol. 3 , GUP 244781


New article:

  • Lisa Dinkler; Sebastian Lundström; Ruchika Gajwani; Paul Lichtenstein; Christopher Gillberg; Helen Minnis (2017).
    Maltreatment-associated neurodevelopmental disorders: a co-twin control analysis. 1469-7610, GUP 250147

New article:

  • Christian Munthe; Morten EJ Nielsen (2017).
    The Legal Ethical Backbone of Conscientious Refusal 0963-1801, GUP 247063 


Topical Links

  • Subcortical brain volume differences in participants with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adults: a cross-sectional mega-analysis
    Article in The Lancet Psychiatry 15 February 2017


  • Association Between Prescription of Major Psychotropic Medications and Violent Reoffending After Prison Release
    Question:  Is the use of psychotropic medications associated with a lower risk of reoffending for violent crime among released prisoners?
    Findings:  In this cohort study of 22 275 released prisoners, 3 classes of psychotropic medications (antipsychotics, psychostimulants, and medications used for addictive disorders) were associated with statistically significant hazard ratios (0.58, 0.62, and 0.48, respectively) of violent reoffending.
    Meaning:  Evidence-based provision of psychotropic medications to released prisoners was associated with lower risk of reoffending.
    Article in JAMA. 2016;316(17):1798-1807.


  • Managing Ethical Challenges to Mental Health Research in Post-Conflict Settings
    Article in Developing World Bioethics April -16
  • Genetic background of extreme violent behavior
    In developed countries, the majority of all violent crime is committed by a small group of antisocial recidivistic offenders, but no genes have been shown to contribute to recidivistic violent offending or severe violent behavior, such as homicide.
    Article in Molecular Psychiatry nr. 20 -15
  • Cortical and Subcortical Gray Matter Volume in Youths With Conduct Problems
    Article in JAMA Psychiatry. 2016;73(1):64-72


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Cotents of interest

Fetal and postnatal metal dysregulation in autism

"Genetic and environmental factors contribute to the etiologies of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but evidence of specific environmental exposures and susceptibility windows is limited. Here we study monozygotic and dizygotic twins discordant for ASD to test whether fetal and postnatal metal dysregulation increases ASD risk. Using validated tooth-matrix biomarkers, we estimate pre- and post-natal exposure profiles of essential and toxic elements. Significant divergences are apparent in metal uptake between ASD cases and their control siblings, but only during discrete developmental periods. Cases have reduced uptake of essential elements manganese and zinc, and higher uptake of the neurotoxin lead. Manganese and lead are also correlated with ASD severity and autistic traits. Our study suggests that metal toxicant uptake and essential element deficiency during specific developmental windows increases ASD risk and severity, supporting the hypothesis of systemic elemental dysregulation in ASD. Independent replication in population-based studies is needed to extend these findings."

Artikel i: NATURE COMMUNICATIONS 1 juni 2017
| 8:15493 | DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15493 |www.nature.com/naturecommunications


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