In: The Scientific Basis of Psychiatry 1992; 430-442
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Reprinted from The Scientific Basis of Psychiatry, M. Weller and M. Eysenck (eds.),, "The family and social origins of antisocial behaviour", I. Kolvin and T Fundudis pp. 430-442, (©W.B Saunders, 1992).
The 1940s saw two landmarks in the attempts to unravel the psychosocial origins of antisocial behaviour and delinquency in childhood: the first consisted of clinical research and linked separation from mothers with juvenile delinquency (Bowlby, 1946); the second was based on multivariate analyses and this gave rise to a suggested association between different types of antisocial behaviour with different kinds of family patterns (Hewitt and Jenkins, 1949).