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Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 1996 Winter;27(2):69-79.

Criminal recidivism predicted from narratives of violent juvenile delinquents.

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  • 1Stanford University School of Medicine, California 94305-5540, USA.


Youth violence poses a major public health problem. It is important to find treatable predictors of recidivism. Our Subjects had committed offenses of physical and sexual assault. The personality dimensions of restraint and distress were rated by two independent and blind raters from narratives of offender's committing offenses, which were obtained at baseline during incarceration. Inter and intrarater kappas for each narrative were significant. In a 10-13 year follow-up, subjects lowest in self- restraint had significantly higher recidivism and their reoffenses differed in quality. Restraint may be influenced by clinical intervention and constitutes a new target in the treatment of delinquents.

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