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February 11, 1974

Psychiatric Disorders and Criminality

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

JAMA. 1974;227(6):641-642. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230190033008

A study of 500 psychiatric clinic patients indicated that serious crime (felony conviction) was chiefly associated with sociopathy, alcoholism, and drug dependence. Except for sexually deviant behavior leading to arrest and conviction, other psychiatric disorders are infrequently associated with felonies.