Prevalence of Mental Disorders among 15-17-Year-Old Male Adolescent Remand Prisoners in Denmark

Niels Patrick Gosden, Peter Kramp, Gorm Gabrielsen, Dorte Sestoft

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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.
TidsskriftActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Udgave nummer107
Sider (fra-til)102-110
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - 2003


  • Psykiske lidelser
  • Danmark
  • Unge
  • Fængsler