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June 2, 1934

Studies in the Psychology of Delinquency

JAMA. 1934;102(22):1876. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750220054030

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This study in the psychology of delinquency gives the result of investigations made on the recommendation of the Committee on Mental Disorders of the Medical Research Council of Great Britain. The material has been gathered over a period of five years from the inmates of prisons and of preventive and rescue homes. The study represents a combination of clinical and statistical approach and as such it is methodically superior to such statistical studies in criminology as do not investigate in detail the individual cases that serve as the basis of statistical calculations. The writer emphasizes the fact that, in contrast to most authors in this field who chiefly utilize methods of measurement and comparison instead of the most fundamental applications of psychopathology to individuals, she attempts to apply the analytic principles and refers to the similar efforts of Alexander and Staub in Berlin and of Aichhorn in Vienna. Although in

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