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May 30, 1977

Delinquency and Psychopathology

JAMA. 1977;237(22):2426. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270490066041

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Written by a child psychiatrist, a psychologist, and a social worker, this book deals with the extremely complex field of delinquency and, in ten chapters, covers a wide variety of topics. The authors worked closely with the juvenile court in New Haven, Conn.

As the authors make clear, delinquency is a legal and not a medical term that refers to those youngsters who behave in an unacceptable way in the society. They primarily saw only those youngsters referred to them by the court, and therefore do not believe they have had as complete a sample of so-called delinquents as they might. Nevertheless, they do believe that they have done a useful task and pointed the way for future investigations.

They frankly state that they cannot answer all of the questions they raise about delinquency, since there are so many causes. They do make a point with which most of us