Childhood trauma, psychiatric disorders, and criminality in women
It is very important to understand the phenomena that lead an individual to commit crimes or to refrain from doing so.•
Psychiatric disorders and childhood trauma are highly prevalent in female inmates, which are underrepresented in the literature.•
Lower lewels of BDNF, higher levels of emotional abuse and the presence of familial offense were associated with mental illness.•
BDNF may be related to mental diseases and criminality in women with childhood trauma, becoming a possible biological marker.•
Forensic psychiatrists should be constantly striving focus attention on the mental health of the prison population.