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January 1972

Psychiatric Pathology and Social Deviance in 25 Incarcerated OffendersAn Assessment

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich
From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1972;26(1):79-84. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1972.01750190081015

A patient population comprised of 25 young adult male felons was subcategorized into three major groupings on the basis of a combination of psychiatric and sociometric criteria. Group 1 was characterized by active neurotic symptomatology in patients who lacked prior criminal convictions and whose social functioning was for the most part adequate. Group 2 was characterized by an absence of current or past psychiatric symptomatology in patients with extensive and long-term criminal records who demonstrated extensive difficulties in social functioning as well. Group 3 was characterized by multiple neurotic or psychotic (or both ) symptoms and signs in patients with extensive past criminal records whose social functioning was marked by great chaos and primitivity. The need to validate this method of characterization with a larger unbiased offender sample was pointed out.