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July 1989

Relationship of Psychobiological Variables to Recidivism in Violent Offenders and Impulsive Fire SettersA Follow-up Study

Author Affiliations

From the Laboratory of Clinical Studies, Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (Drs De Jong and Linnoila), Division of Biometry and Applied Sciences, National Institute of Mental Health (Dr Bartko), and Office of the Administrator, Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration (Dr Goodwin), Bethesda, Md; and Department of Psychiatry, University of Helsinki, Finland (Dr Virkkunen).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1989;46(7):600-603. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1989.01810070026003

• Fifty-eight violent offenders and impulsive fire setters were followed up for an average of 3 years after release from prison. Recidivists who committed a new violent offense or arson had significantly lower cerebrospinal fluid 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid and homovanillic acid concentrations and blood glucose nadirs after oral glucose challenge than did nonrecidivists. A discriminant analysis, based on the blood glucose nadir and cerebrospinal fluid 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid concentration, correctly classified 84.2% of the subjects.