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Psychiatric Studies of Borstal Lads.

Daniel Offer, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;11(3):346. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720270118013.
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The aim of the investigation described in this monograph was to delineate the social and psychological characteristics of a group of chronic juvenile delinquents, ages 17-21 (Borstal Lads), and to set up criteria which will be utilized in follow-up studies attempting to establish the relationship between mental illness and subsequent criminal career. For the purpose of their investigations Gibbens et al selected two hundred adolescents, 100 in 1953 and 100 in 1955. Every alternate adolescent sentenced in the London area to Borstal, a vocational rehabilitation center, was designated as a subject for the investigation. Psychotic boys and mental defects are not sent to Borstal training. Data was collected from a psychiatric interview (1½-2 hours), home visits by a psychiatric social worker, administration of various personality and IQ tests including the Porteus Maze test and the MMPI and available reports from the training institution.

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