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May 1919

A PSYCHOLOGIC STUDY OF STEALING IN JUVENILE DELINQUENCY

Arch NeurPsych. 1919;1(5):535-546. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1919.02180050020002
Abstract

In the present paper no attempt will be made to consider the so-called benign types of ordinary stealing, as these are more or less conscious and purposeful acts common to many individuals of all ages. Nor will special emphasis be placed on fanciful stealing such as the kleptomanias, where the objects stolen are often of highly symbolic significance such as studied originally by Krafft-Ebing,1 and more recently by Stekel,2 Albrecht,3 Riklin4 and Pfister5 as manifestations of neuroses, and by Gross6 as a compulsive act in a manic-depressive, or by Chlumsky7 and Sommer8 in feebleminded persons whose defects were either inherited or acquired. The few cases which will be reviewed here are confined to persons who have stolen money or other valuables without the ordinary patent motives of simple covetousness or revenge, and who often find themselves overcome by the temptation in

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