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October 1965

Persistent Enuresis: The Incidence of a History of Persistent Enuresis in Offenders Attending an Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic

Author Affiliations

From the Civic Center Clinic, Psychotherapist.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;13(4):296-298. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01730040006002

SOME RECENT interest has been expressed in the literature regarding the presence of persistent enuresis in the childhood of offenders and delinquents.1 It has been proposed that there is a correlation betweeen delinquency and enuresis so that "lack of control" due to constitutional predisposition is considered a partial etiological factor in both symptoms of personality maladjustment.2 This is in contrast to work by Easson3 and Johnson4,5 who mention the presence of enuresis but who do not consider it central and who emphasize interpersonal relationships and either conscious or unconscious fostering of antisocial acts by parents. It seems evident that finding a number of patients who have a history of enuresis and correlating this with the diagnosis and pattern of offense of the patient might tend to help us understand how common enuresis is in offenders and how important it is

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