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NCJ Number: 92808 Find in a Library
Title: Diet and Delinquency - A Multi-State Replication
Journal: International Journal of Biosocial Research  Volume:5  Issue:2  Dated:(1983)  Pages:70-78
Author(s): S J Schoenthaler
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 9
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In 1982, one East Coast juvenile detention home lowered the frequency of antisocial behavior resulting in formal disciplinary actions 48 percent during the 12-month experimental stage of a 2-year double-blind study by using dietary intervention.
Abstract: Numerous States have adopted similar programs. This paper contains the results of nine additional institutions located in various parts of the country involving over 5,000 institutionalized juveniles. All 10 facilities have been successful in significantly reducing their institutional behavior problems from a low of 21 percent to a high of 54 percent under controlled experimentation. Primary dietary revisions have involved reducing foods and liquids which are high in sucrose and food additives such as candy and soft drinks. These foods have usually been replaced with complex carbohydrates such as fruit juices and vegetables. About 25 references are provided. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Correctional institutions (juvenile); Dietary influences on behavior
Note: Presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, November 12, 1983
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