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April 1971

Adult Psychiatric Status of Black Schoolboys

Author Affiliations

St. Louis.
From the Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.;

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;24(4):338-345. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750100048007

A study was made of the adult psychiatric status of 235 young black men of average or better intelligence who were urban-born and urban-educated. The frequency of psychiatric disorders and the childhood variables foreshadowing those disorders are compared with findings from an earlier study of white child-guidance-clinic patients and normal white controls reared in the same city. Despite discrimination, young urban black men apparently differ little from whites in rates of psychiatric disorders. Among the three childhood variables investigated, the child's own antisocial behavior was a more powerful predictor of adult psychiatric status than was either his family's social status or his father's history of antisocial behavior. This same result had been noted for whites. All three childhood predictors were positively associated with the diagnosis of antisocial personality in adult life.

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