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Subsequent Psychiatric Treatment and Hospitalization in a Delinquent Population

David Balla, PhD; Dorothy Otnow Lewis, MD; Shelley Shanok; Laura Snell; Jerzy Henisz, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1974;30(2):243-245. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1974.01760080089015.
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In an effort to explore the association of delinquent behavior and psychopathology, a roster of all male children referred to the New Haven, Conn, Juvenile Court during two years approximately 20 and 25 years ago was gathered and compared with the roster of persons known to two local state psychiatric facilities.

A total of 78 of 682 referrals to the court were subsequently known to one or both of the psychiatric facilities, 60 as inpatients. Incidence of psychiatric hospitalization during 1972 was found to be significantly greater than that of the general population of Connecticut, or of Connecticut males in the 25 to 44 age range. Incidence of psychiatric hospitalization and/or treatment was similarly found to be significantly greater than the incidence in a demographically similar random sample from the New Haven area.


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