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Low cholesterol and violent crime
U California, San Diego School of Medicine, Dept of Medicine.
Örebro University, Department of Behavioural, Social and Legal Sciences. (Center for Developmental Research)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7546-2275
2000 (English)In: Journal of Psychiatric Research, ISSN 0022-3956, E-ISSN 1879-1379, Vol. 34, no 4-5, 301-309 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Examined whether cholesterol level is related to commission of violent crimes against others in a large community cohort. One-time cholesterol measurements on 79,777 subjects enrolled in a health screening project in Sweden were merged with subsequent police records for arrests for violent crimes in men and women aged 24-70 at enrollment; and with information on covariates. A nested case control comparison of cholesterol in violent criminals--defined as those with 2 or more crimes of violence against others--to cholesterol in nonoffenders matched on age, enrollment year, sex, education and alcohol, was performed. 100 individuals met criteria for criminal violence. Low cholesterol was strongly associated with criminal violence in unadjusted analysis. Age emerged as a strong confounder. Adjusting for covariates using a matching procedure, violent criminals had significantly lower cholesterol than others identical in age, sex, alcohol indices and education. It is concluded that, adjusting for other factors, low cholesterol is associated with increased subsequent criminal violence.

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Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2000. Vol. 34, no 4-5, 301-309 p.
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Cholesterol, Crime, Violence, Violent Crime
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-6556DOI: 10.1016/S0022-3956(00)00024-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-6556DiVA: diva2:214251
Available from: 2009-05-04 Created: 2009-05-04 Last updated: 2015-02-20Bibliographically approved

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