Prevalence of mental disorders among 15–17-year-old male adolescent remand prisoners in Denmark
Article first published online: 17 JAN 2003
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 107, Issue 2, pages 102–110, February 2003
How to Cite
Gosden, N. P., Kramp, P., Gabrielsen, G. and Sestoft, D. (2003), Prevalence of mental disorders among 15–17-year-old male adolescent remand prisoners in Denmark. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 107: 102–110. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0447.2003.01298.x
- Issue published online: 17 JAN 2003
- Article first published online: 17 JAN 2003
- Accepted for publication August 28, 2002
- forensic psychiatry;
- juvenile delinquency;
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.