Aging and Homicide Rates

    Volume 45, Issue 2 (March 2000)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 2


    Paanila, J
    University of Kuopio, Niuvanniemi Hospital, Kuopio,

    Tiihonen, J

    Eronen, M
    Vanha Vaasa Hospital, Vaasa,

    Hakola, P
    University of Kuopio, Niuvanniemi Hospital, Kuopio,

    (Received 5 February 1999; accepted 21 June 1999)

    Abstract

    There are no published studies concerning the effect of mortality rate on the rate of homicide by habitually violent offenders. On the basis of nation-wide statistics in Finland, the frequency of homicide is 61% lower among 50-year old males than among 30-year old males. However, when the 4.9-fold mortality of habitually violent offenders is taken into account, the homicide rate is only 43% lower among 50-year old males than among 30-year old males. This is an important issue in forensic psychiatry and that requires further attention, as age is used a predictive factor when assessing the risk of violent behavior.


    Paper ID: JFS14691J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14691J

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