Comparison of Forensic Demographic Characteristics, Interpersonal Problems, and Personality Disorders between Early and Late Onset Criminal Patients with Schizophrenia

범법 조현병 환자에서 발병연령에 따른 범죄인구특성과 대인관계문제 및 성격장애의 차이

  • Cha, Seung Min (Institute of Forensic Psychiatry, Ministry of Justice) ;
  • Choi, Jong Hyuk (Department of Psychiatry, Chungnam National University Hospital) ;
  • Lee, Mi-Ji (Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Chee, Ik-Seung (Department of Psychiatry, Chungnam National University Hospital)
  • 차승민 (국립법무병원) ;
  • 최종혁 (충남대학교병원 정신건강의학과) ;
  • 이미지 (충남대학교 의과대학 정신건강의학교실) ;
  • 지익성 (충남대학교병원 정신건강의학과)
  • Received : 2018.08.23
  • Accepted : 2018.09.11
  • Published : 2018.10.31

Abstract

Objectives : The purpose of this study was to investigate the differences in forensic demographic characteristics, interpersonal problems and personality disorder between early and late onset criminal patients with schizophrenia. Methods : The participants included 187 inpatients with schizophrenia who had committed crimes. They filled out the Korean Inventory of Interpersonal Problem Personality Disorder Scales and Psychopathic Personality Inventory-Revised. They were divided into early onset group and late onset group according to onset age of schizophrenia at 26 years old(under 26 versus 26 and older) and forensic demographic characteristics, interpersonal problem and personality disorders including psychopathy were compared between two groups. Results : There were no differences in gender, education years and family history between the two groups. Early onset group was associated with lower age, earlier onset of age and earlier age at the time of the crime. Duration from onset to diagnosis was not different between the two groups. Duration from onset to crime and after diagnosis to crime was shorter in late onset group. There were no differences between the two groups in the interpersonal problems, personality disorder and psychopathic personality evaluation. Conclusion : These results suggested that there may be forensic demographic differences related to crime between early and later onset schizophrenia. Psychiatrists should consider the age at onset of schizophrenia when assessing the risk of violence in patients with schizophrenia. In the future. it will be needed other study of age classification such as admixture analysis.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 충남대학교

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