(Received 25 April 1975; accepted 24 June 1975)
Published Online: 1976
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The genesis of crime is as complex as human nature itself. It has its past and present history. This author had an opportunity to study, examine, and treat a number of people who were involved in a series of crimes beginning in childhood and, with some of them, continuing into adulthood and eventuating in homicides. One common denominator in the lives of these people was exposure to hostility, brutality, and seductiveness in their early years of life. Today we hear so much more about the child-abuse phenomenon as psychopathology of the parents than we do about the impact such violent behavior has on the subsequent development of the child. Preemptive approach to this problem is that such direct experiences of violence have a disorganizing effect on future growth and development of the psychic apparatus of a child.
Chairman, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich.
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