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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:

  • 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:

  • E. N. Selinus; Y. Molero; P. Lichtenstein; Henrik Anckarsäter; Sebastian Lundström; M. Bottai; C. H. Gumpert (2016).
    Subthreshold and threshold attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms in childhood: psychosocial outcomes in adolescence in boys and girls 0001-690X, GUP 248648

New article:

  • Örjan Falk; Anis Sfendla; Sven Brändström; Henrik Anckarsäter; Thomas Nilsson; Nora Kerekes (2016).
    Personality and trait aggression profiles of male and female prison inmates 0165-1781, GUP 248139

Doctoral thesis:

  • Örjan Falk (2016).
    Aggressive Antisocial Behavior: Risk Factors and Personality Profile , GUP 249010


New article:

  • Hedvig Krona; Marielle Nyman; Helena Andreasson; Nicolas Vicencio; Henrik Anckarsäter; Märta Wallinius; Thomas Nilsson; Björn Hofvander (2016).
    Mentally disordered offenders in Sweden: differentiating recidivists from non-recidivists in a 10-year follow-up study 08039488, GUP 248138


New article:

  • Thomas Nilsson; Örjan Falk; Eva Billstedt; Nora Kerekes; Henrik Anckarsäter; Märta Wallinius; Björn Hofvander (2016).
    Aggressive Antisocial Behaviors Are Related to Character Maturity in Young Swedish Violent Offenders Independent of ADHD. , GUP 247513

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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