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Prevalence of mental disorders among 15–17-year-old male adolescent remand prisoners in Denmark

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Gosden NP, Kramp P, Gabrielsen G, Sestoft D. Prevalence of mental disorders among 15–17-year-old male adolescent remand prisoners in Denmark.

Acta Psychiatr Scand 2003: 107: 102–110. © Blackwell Munksgaard 2003. Objective: 

To determine the past year prevalence of mental disorders of 15–17-year-old adolescent remand prisoners in east Denmark. Method: 

One hundred 15–17-year-old boys from east Denmark consecutively remanded during 1 year were interviewed with diagnostic instruments to obtain ICD-10 diagnoses. All were screened in The Danish Psychiatric Case Register and The Danish Criminal Register. Results: 

Past year prevalence of ‘any mental disorder’ was 69%, substance use disorders 41%. Two per cent had schizophrenia and 2% schizotypal disorder. Thirty-six per cent had ‘probable personality disorder’. Conduct disorder was found in 31% and 1% had a hyperkinetic disorder. Ten per cent had previous registered psychiatric contact. Conclusion: 

The prevalence of mental disorders was found substantially higher compared with literature of population-based samples. With an association between mental disorders and violence, early detection and treatment of mental disorders in adolescent delinquents is of importance in the prevention of violence.
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Keywords: adolescence; epidemiology; forensic psychiatry; juvenile delinquency; prevalence

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Clinic of Forensic Psychiatry, Ministry of Justice, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2: Statistics Group, Copenhagen School of Business, Copenhagen, Denmark and 3: Department of Psychiatry, Frederiksberg Hospital, Frederiksberg, Denmark

Publication date: February 1, 2003

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