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Homicidal behaviour among people with avoidant, dependent and obsessive-compulsive (cluster C) personality disorder.
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PMID:  23147941     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Despite a growing forensic psychiatry literature, no previous study has examined in detail homicidal behaviour among offenders with cluster C personality disorders - the avoidant, dependent or obsessional personality disorders. AIMS: This study aims to compare homicide offenders with cluster C personality disorders with those with other personality disorders on criminal history, offender-victim relationship and post-offence reaction variables. METHODS: The sample was drawn from all Finnish homicide cases of 1996-2004 for whom a forensic psychiatric evaluation had been conducted. Data were extracted from forensic psychiatric and crime reports. RESULTS: In a nationwide sample of 593 homicide offenders, 21 had at least one cluster C personality disorder. These offenders had significantly shorter criminal histories than the others. Offender-victim relationship did not differ between the groups, but confession to the crime and feelings of remorse were more common among people with cluster C disorders. In addition, compared with other personality disorder clusters, co-morbid depression was more common. CONCLUSIONS: Cluster C personality disorders are rare, but not nonexistent, among homicide offenders. Observed differences in their backgrounds and post-offence behaviours indicate that they may have special needs. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Taina Laajasalo; Mikko Ylipekka; Helinä Häkkänen-Nyholm
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-13
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Title:  Criminal behaviour and mental health : CBMH     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1471-2857     ISO Abbreviation:  Crim Behav Ment Health     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9309668     Medline TA:  Crim Behav Ment Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki, PO Box 9, 00014, Finland; Forensic Center for Children and Adolescents, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland.
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