Psychiatric illnesses in the families of female criminals: A study of 288 first degree relatives

C. R. Cloninger, S. B. Guze

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    Abstract

    A study of 288 first degree relatives of convicted women criminals was carried out using personal interviews, family history, and independent records. Psychiatric illness was encountered in at least two thirds of the relatives. The only psychiatric disorders seen more frequently among these relatives than among the general population were sociopathy, alcoholism, drug dependence, and hysteria. The prevalence of psychiatric illness was twice as high among the relatives of female criminals as among the relatives of male criminals. The data confirm other work suggesting a familial association of sociopathy and hysteria. The data emphasize the high risk of psychopathology and criminality among first degree relatives of antisocial women.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)697-703
    Number of pages7
    JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
    Volume122
    Issue number571
    StatePublished - Dec 1 1973

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