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February 1974

Subsequent Psychiatric Treatment and Hospitalization in a Delinquent Population

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn
From Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1974;30(2):243-245. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1974.01760080089015

In an effort to explore the association of delinquent behavior and psychopathology, a roster of all male children referred to the New Haven, Conn, Juvenile Court during two years approximately 20 and 25 years ago was gathered and compared with the roster of persons known to two local state psychiatric facilities.

A total of 78 of 682 referrals to the court were subsequently known to one or both of the psychiatric facilities, 60 as inpatients. Incidence of psychiatric hospitalization during 1972 was found to be significantly greater than that of the general population of Connecticut, or of Connecticut males in the 25 to 44 age range. Incidence of psychiatric hospitalization and/or treatment was similarly found to be significantly greater than the incidence in a demographically similar random sample from the New Haven area.