ERIC Number: ED481072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Young Offenders' Diagnoses as Predictors of Subsequent Adult Criminal Behaviour.
Bevc, Irene; Duchesne, Thierry; Rosenthal, Jeffrey; Rossman, Lianne; Theodor, Frances; Sowa, Edward
This longitudinal study of 248 male offenders examined the relationship between psychiatric disorders, diagnosed in adolescence, and subsequent adult criminal activity. Criminal offences were tracked for an average of 8.7 years from age 18-33. Cox Proportional Intensity regression analyses were conducted to predict the rates of adult offending of different offense types (i.e., property, violent, drug, sex, and technical offenses) from psychiatric categories. Overall, results indicate that psychiatric disorders in adolescence are associated with a lower rate of general offending in adulthood. Instead of predicting general offending, certain psychiatric disorders were predictive of specific types of offending. Adult sex offenses, for example, were predicted by sexual/gender identity disorders, psychotic-spectrum disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, learning/communication disorders, and adjustment disorders. The implications for interventions with disordered offenders are discussed. (Contains 18 references and 2 tables.) (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (111th, Toronto, ON, Canada, August 7-10, 2003).