Volume 11, Issue 4 (2-2006)                   IJPCP 2006, 11(4): 426-434 | Back to browse issues page

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Noroozian M, Shariat V, Assadi M, Yahyazadeh O, Pakravan M, Aghayan S. Neurological Soft Signs in Male Prison Inmates. IJPCP. 2006; 11 (4) :426-434
URL: http://ijpcp.iums.ac.ir/article-1-48-en.html
1- , E-mail: shariat@tehranpi.org
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Introduction: Due to the importance of the relation between neurological and behavioral dis-orders, this study was designed to compare the frequency of Neurological Soft Signs (NSS) and their different domains between a group of male prison inmates and a group of male non-prisoner subjects.

Method: In a descriptive cross-sectional study, 351 male prison inmates (including 54 with monet- ary crimes, 74 with violent crimes, 71 with non-violent crimes, 72 with crimes related to addiction, and 80 with crimes related to debauchery) were randomly selected, and were compared to 80 non-prisoner males using a demographic questionnaire and a neurological assessment measure.

Results: The total NSS score was higher in prisoners than in non-prisoners. The difference was most evident in the domains of sensory integration, eye movements and glabellar tap reflex. Non- violent, addiction related, and monetary subgroups showed the most and the violent subgroup showed the least difference from the non-prisoner group.

Conclusion: A uniform relation between NSS and the type of crime in different groups cannot be expected.

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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Psychiatry and Psychology
Received: 2007/02/18

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