Violent crime in psychiatric patients: Relationship to frontal lobe impairment

Menahem Krakowski, Pal Czobor, Mary D. Carpenter, Karen Nolan, Jan Libiger, Michal Kunz, Hana Papezova, B. B. Parker, Lorraine Schmader, Theresa Abad

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Objective: To identify neuropsychological and neurological deficits associated with violent crime in patients with major psychiatric disorders Method: 33 patients with a history of violent crime in the community and 69 without such history were administered a battery of neuropsychological and neurological tests. Results: Violent patients were more impaired on the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test and on psychomotor tasks, but not on visuospatial, verbal, or memory tests. These deficits were related specifically to violent crime; they were not found in patients with nonviolent offenses. The findings remained significant when race, sex, age, neuroleptic dosage, head trauma, and drug abuse were introduced as covariates in the analyses. Conclusions: Violent crime is associated with specific neuropsychological abnormalities in executive function and psychomotor tasks which are suggestive of frontal lobe impairment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-59
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Psychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Krakowski, M., Czobor, P., Carpenter, M. D., Nolan, K., Libiger, J., Kunz, M., Papezova, H., Parker, B. B., Schmader, L., & Abad, T. (1996). Violent crime in psychiatric patients: Relationship to frontal lobe impairment. American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 17(4), 53-59.