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Increased risk of sexual offending in men with psychotic disorders

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Amanda Alden

Correspondence to: Amanda Alden, MA, Department of Psychology, Emory University, 532 N Kilgo Cir, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA;



How common are lifetime sexual offences in men with psychotic disorders?


345 508 people (171 949 women; 173 559 men) born in Denmark between 1 January 1944 and 31 December 1947. Exclusions: men and women who died or emigrated before age 44 years; men whose only recorded hospitalisations occurred when they were transferred to hospital by police after an arrest. Due to the low number of arrests in women, only men were included in the final analysis.


General population, Denmark; data obtained from Danish national registers in 1991.


People who had been hospitalised with a diagnosis of psychotic disorder according to ICD-8 were identified using the Danish Psychiatric Register at the Institute for Psychiatric Demography in Aarhus, Denmark. Type of psychotic disorder (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, psychosis associated with organic brain disorder, intercranial infection or injury, affective psychosis—including depressive psychoses and mania, and other psychoses) and presence of secondary diagnoses of personality disorder (PD) or substance use disorder (SUD) was recorded. Analyses were adjusted …

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  • Source of funding: Research supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Justice, Fonds Concerte d’Aide a la Recherché (FCAR), Social Science and Humanities Research Council.

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  • Competing interests: None.

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