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Am J Psychiatry. 1982 Jun;139(6):795-8.

A prospective study of delinquency in 110 adolescent boys with attention deficit disorder and 88 normal adolescent boys.


The authors studied official arrests from childhood through adolescence in two groups of boys; one group (N = 110) was diagnosed in childhood as suffering from attention deficit disorder (ADD), and the second group (N = 88) consisted of normal control adolescents. Rates of single and multiple serious offenses and of institutionalization for delinquency were significantly higher in the ADD subjects. These findings suggest a strong relationship between childhood ADD and later arrests for delinquent behavior.

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