Personality Disorder and Criminal Behaviour

What Is the Nature of the Relationship?

Sophie Davison; Aleksandar Janca


Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2012;25(1):39-45. 

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Representative studies of offenders convicted of homicide have consistently found personality disorder to be the most common mental health diagnosis among these offenders, with 6% of all homicide offenders over a three-year period in the UK having a primary diagnosis of personality disorder[11] and 20% of homicide offenders in Angers, France over a ten-year period having a diagnosis of personality disorder.[12] In the last couple of years, there have been a number of studies looking at particular aspects of killing and particular types of homicide and reporting on rates of personality disorder.


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