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April 2, 1927

Delinquents and Criminals: Their Making and Unmaking. Studies in Two American Cities.

JAMA. 1927;88(14):1103-1104. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680400059040

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The authors present an objective study of the results of an investigation into the causes and treatment of crime made at the Juvenile Psychopathic Institute in Chicago and the Judge Baker Foundation in Boston. Any student of the subject is ready to admit today that heredity, physical conditions, bad habits, home conditions and other general relationships may play a considerable part in determining the progress of the individual toward criminality or toward proper social adjustments. In this volume the authors present the statistics of an investigation of four thousand cases with a view to determining the part played by the factors concerned. The subject is obviously one on which any one may have an opinion. Lying, stealing, false accusation and general sexual immorality are frequent forms of antisocial conduct. While the authors admit the importance of the freudian conceptions, they find 12.5 per cent of the cases of delinquency due

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