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Research

One of the objectives of CELAM is to promote inter-disciplinary research contacts and initialize as well as support projects within the area of mental health and criminality.

At the centre researchers with a wide range of professional backgrounds (e.g., psychiatrists, psychologists, philosophers, social workers, nurses, neuro biologists, legal scientists, criminologists) collaborate. Here we present some current research projects. The research seminars at CELAM are open to everyone. Here ongoing projects as well as other topics within the area are presented and discussed.

Projects

CATSS - The Child and Adolescent Twin Study in Sweden
This is an ongoing longitudinal twin study targeting all twins born in Sweden since July 1, 1992.

Court hearings concerning the continuation of forensic psychiatric care in Sweden – Experiences, perceptions and reactions within patients and caregivers

DAABS - The Development of Aggressive Antisocial Behavior Study
It will test specific hypothesis about the associations between early-onset behaviour problems and a broader patterns of coexisting psychiatric problems, maladaptive personality traits and psychosocial problems.  

Exercise in Forensic Psychiatric care
The overall aim of this project is to describe and examine the effects of exercise regarding physical fitness, risk factors for heart / vascular disease, use of medication, and general level of functioning, aggression and stress, in patients within forensic psychiatric inpatient care.

INSIGHT: understanding and control in forensic psychiatric reports and court verdicts
The project aims to identify how questions regarding the ability to understand and control one’s behaviour have been discussed in forensic psychiatric investigations, in the related district court verdicts, how judgments of criminal intent are related to these assessments and, subsequently, to analyze the function of the concepts in legal praxis.

Measuring aggression for prediction and treatment
To validate standardised measures that can be used as primary or secondary measures of outcome reflecting aggressive antisocial behaviour in controlled clinical trials of proposed treatments.

Personality in relation to neurodevelopmental problems
The project is a collaboration of psychologists, biologists, psychiatrist, pedagogists, and philosophers from the University of Gothenburg, Lund University and Washington University i St. Louis. The aims are: (1) to investigate the effect of personality and symptoms of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as, ADHD, autism, etcetera, (2) to investigate the etiology of personality dimensions (i.e., temperament and character), and (3) to plan/design/test person-centered preventions and interventions that lead to less dysfunction and suffering, and increases well-being.

RättspsyK - The Swedish National Forensic Psychiatric Register (SNFPR)
The purpose of this research project is to do the first analyses and compilation of the SNFPR with the aim to get a clear view over patients sentenced to forensic psychiatric care.

KRIMSTICS - Evaluation of the Strategic Training in Community Supervision Program in the Swedish Probation Service

UPPRÄTT - Forensic Psychiatric Follow-up Studies
This project is a follow-up of several cohorts of forensic psychiatric investigees, convicted perpetrators of violent and sexual crimes, and youths placed in institutional care, with the aim of describing the development of aggressive antisociality and mental disorders during periods from 3-5 years up to 10-15 years, and in some cases even nearly 20 years.

Offender characteristics of men convicted of partner violent crime.
The overall aim of the project crime is to investigate psychosocial, psychological and mental health factors related to aggressive antisocial behaviors and violence in order to identify factors associated to severity of violence and criminal recidivism with special reference to partner abuse.

Previous and completed Projects

FILUR - Philosophical Investigations in Forensic Psychiatry
The project analyses and evaluates both the current Swedish model regarding the handling of mentally disturbed criminal offenders and the proposals made by Psykansvarskommittén and Psykiatrilagsutredningen.

The "1%" study
This study focuses on the distribution of violent convictions in the Swedish population....

FNP (The Gothenburg Forensic Neuropsychiatry Project)
Investigations of neurobiological correlates of aggression.

Treatment Effects of Cattle in Forensic Settings
In Sweden, three prisons are providing daily work with animal care - mainly cattle.

Yoga in a Prison Population
In this project we propose to evaluate the psychobiological effects of yoga techniques in the reduction of stress and aggressive/impulsive behavior in convicted criminals in Sweden.

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Henrik Anckarsäter

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