Volume 45, Issue 6 (November 2000)

    Clinical and Demographic Characteristics of Elderly Offenders at a Maximum-Security Forensic Hospital

    (Received 8 February 1999; accepted 5 November 1999)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    The purpose of the study was to determine the clinical and demographic characteristics of the male elderly offenders admitted to a maximum-security forensic hospital. Charts of male elderly patients were reviewed to obtain clinical and demographic data. Seventy-seven percent of geriatric felons were involved in violent crime. 41% of which had psychotic symptoms. Forty-five percent of offenders with a history of head trauma/neurologic disorder were charged with violent offenses. Fifty-nine percent had previous psychiatric hospitalization. Most elderly male offenders involved in violent crimes had primary psychotic and mood disorders, cognitive impairment, and a history of head trauma/neurologic disorder. The small number of subjects precludes clear conclusions and needs further study.


    Author Information:

    Rayel, MG
    Staff psychiatrist, Dr. G. B. Cross Memorial Hospital, Clarenville, NV


    Stock #: JFS14866J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14866J

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    Title Clinical and Demographic Characteristics of Elderly Offenders at a Maximum-Security Forensic Hospital
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