Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Conduct disorder and schizophrenia

Conduct disorder prior to the age of fifteen has been found to be much more common among men and women with schizophrenia than among those without, with one study finding that 40% of people who had developed schizophrenia by the age of 26 had fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for conduct disorder by the age of 15. A UK study of 205 men and women with severe mental illness found that conduct disorder before 15 was associated with an increased risk of being assaulted, aggressive behaviour in the six months prior to the study and convictions for violent crimes.

Hodgins, S. ... [et al] - From conduct disorder to severe mental illness: associations with aggressive behaviour, crime and victimization Psychological Medicine July 2008, 38(7), 975-987

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