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DAABS - The Development of Aggressive Antisocial Behavior Study

This project is based on the assumption that early-onset behaviour disorders, i.e. neurodevelopmental disorders and childhood onset disruptive behavior disorders, form the antecedents of severe and complex psychiatric disorders, psychosocial marginalization and a propensity to persistent aggressive antisocial behavior in adulthood.

It integrates epidemiological and in-depth clinical methods while providing a comprehensive map of mental health problems and needs in a representative cohort of young adult (18 to 25 years old) male perpetrators of violent and sexual criminality within the Swedish Prison and Probation Service. 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.

The methods that have been used include structured clinical diagnostic assessments, neuropsychological assessments, and collateral interviews with parents/childhood caretakers. Data collection ended in July 2012 when 270 participants were included and our current work includes reporting the general findings on the prevalence of psychiatric disorders within this population, extending this to subgroups of offenders and looking at specific hypotheses within the dataset.

Principal Investigators: Björn Hofvander and Eva Billstedt

Contact Information

Björn Hofvander, Division of Forensic Psychiatry

Sege Park B8A, SE-205 02 Malmö Sweden

Contact Information

Eva Billstedt

Page Manager: Stefan Axelsson|Last update: 11/3/2014

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