Volume 24, Issue 1 (January 1979)

    Enuresis, Firesetting, and Cruelty to Animals: The Significance of Two Thirds of This Triad

    (Received 17 April 1978; accepted 26 May 1978)

    Published Online: January

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    The familiar childhood behavioral triad of persistent enuresis, firesetting, and cruelty to animals has been suggested as a predictor of dangerously aggressive acts at a later age [1]. These studies, which support an association between these triadic elements and assaultive behaviors, involve only subjects who have already been identified as “dangerous” or “antisocial.” How then does the incidence of a partial or complete triad in an aggressive population compare with that of a nonaggressive population? What is the significance of a single element of the triad or of two out of three elements? Finally, is there a sex-related difference in the significance of a partial or complete triad?


    Author Information:

    Felthous, AR
    Staff psychiatrist, The Menninger Foundation, Topeka, Kans

    Bernard, H
    Assistant professor of psychiatry (psychology) and staff psychologist, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and University Health Service, Rochester, N.Y.


    Stock #: JFS10815J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10815J

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    Title Enuresis, Firesetting, and Cruelty to Animals: The Significance of Two Thirds of This Triad
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