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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

Research Output - Recently published

  • Nora Kerekes; Susanne Apelqvist; Cecilia Fielding; Henrik Anckarsäter; Thomas Nilsson (2018).
    The Prison Adjusted Measure of Aggression (PAMA): Psychometric characteristics of a new tool measuring change in aggressive behaviors in correctional settings ISSN: 01651781, GUP 267291
  • Olof Arvidsson; Christopher Gillberg; Paul Lichtenstein; Sebastian Lundström (2018).
    Secular changes in the symptom level of clinically diagnosed autism. ISSN: 1469-7610, GUP 267278
  • Mina Rydell; Sebastian Lundström; Christopher Gillberg; Paul Lichtenstein; Henrik Larsson (2018).
    Has the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder phenotype become more common in children between 2004 and 2014? Trends over 10 years from a Swedish general population sample. ISSN: 1469-7610, GUP 267275
  • Christian Munthe; Therese Åström (2018).
    Etiska aspekter ISSN: 1400-1403, GUP 266026
  • Martin Bergström; Christian Munthe; Ingegerd Wirtberg; Knut Sundell; Therese Åström; Kickan Håkansson; Johanna Wiss; Ann Kristine Jonsson (2018).
    Behandlingsfamiljer för ungdomar med allvarliga beteendeproblem – Treatment Foster Care Oregon. En systematisk översikt och utvärdering inklusive ekonomiska och etiska aspekter ISSN: 1400-1403, GUP 266022

  • Thomas Hartvigsson; Gun Forsander; Christian Munthe (2018).
    Error trawling and fringe decision competence: Ethical hazards in monitoring and addressing patient decision capacity in clinical practice ISSN: 1477-7509, GUP 263435


  • Caroline Mårland; Paul Lichtenstein; Alessio Degl'Innocenti; Tomas Larson; Maria Råstam; Henrik Anckarsäter; Christopher Gillberg; Thomas Nilsson; Sebastian Lundström (2017).
    The Autism-Tics, ADHD and other Comorbidities inventory (A-TAC): previous and predictive validity. ISSN: 1471-244X, GUP 262590

  • Lena Eriksson; Moa Kindström Dahlin; Susanna Radovic (2017).
    Att visa upp en patient – utsagor och bedömningar vid beslut om tvångsvård ISSN: 0105-1121, GUP 262274

    Doctoral thesis:
  • Anna-Kari Sjödin (2017).
    Offenders of intimate partner violence: Aggressive antisocial behavior and mental health , GUP 261200

  • Anna-Kari Sjödin; Märta Wallinius; Eva Billstedt; Björn Hofvander; Thomas Nilsson (2017).
    Evidence for Two Levels of Intimate Partner Violence and Aggression Among Incarcerated Young Male Violent Offenders. ISSN: 1552-6933, GUP 261195



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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Postgraduate studies

We have an extensive research education program, consisting of master/speciality theses, PhD theses and post-doc periods. Mostly, research students are clinicians (medical doctors, psychologists, social workers, physiotherapists or nurses) in the various services collaborating with us, but we also have externally recruited students as often as possible, including non-clinicians. During the last decade, we have had at least one PhD per year, all of whom have either gone on to pursue research in various positions or left for retirement having reached the stipulated age of retirement in Sweden. Our post-docs have generally continued careers in science, most of whom are today full professors or docents/readers. All are presented on this web-page.

Cotents of interest

Information meeting the 12 th of April 2018:Well-being coach training.

The well-being coach training has been developed to help practitioners from different fields to promote physical, mental, and social health and well-being through a person-centered method.

Continuation....Landstinget Blekinge

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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