Clinical and demographic characteristics of elderly offenders at a maximum-security forensic hospital

J Forensic Sci. 2000 Nov;45(6):1193-6.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / psychology
  • Demography
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Hospitalization*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Records
  • Middle Aged
  • Mood Disorders / psychology
  • Nervous System Diseases / psychology
  • Psychotic Disorders / psychology
  • Sex Offenses / psychology*
  • Violence