August 1966

An EEG Study of Delinquent and Nondelinquent Adolescents

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Psychiatry (Dr. Delano) and the Section of Physiology (Dr. Klass), Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, and the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, University of Minnesota (Dr. Wiener), Rochester. Dr. Wiener is now at St. Luke's Hospital, New York.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(2):144-150. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730140032006

ASSOCIATION between behavior disturbances, delinquency, or even murder and various electroencephalographic patterns has been reported. Earlier investigations dealt mainly with slow activity in the EEG,1-7 but more recently attention has been directed chiefly to the 14 and 6/sec positive-spike pattern.8-19 Attempts to correlate derangements of personality with EEG findings have not provided practical assistance in the diagnosis of psychiatric problems, in contrast to the great value of the EEG in the assessment of the presence or absence of some organic diseases of the brain.

The results of various investigations dealing with the slow EEG activity have been inconsistent. Some authors1-5 found a significant difference in the amount of such activity between those subjects having behavior disorders and those who did not, while other authors7,20,21 found no significant differences.

Similarly, although a qualitative change in the 14 and 6/sec

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