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Fear and anxiety at the basis of adolescent externalizing and internalizing behaviors: a case study.

Authors
Journal
International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
0306-624X
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Volume
53
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0306624x07312779
Keywords
  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior/Psychology
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Male
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder/Psychology
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Criminology
  • Medicine
  • Psychology

Abstract

Juvenile delinquency is rarely associated with success in psychotherapeutic treatment. Up until now, few data have been recorded regarding possible overlaps or common features of conduct disorders with anxiety disorders. This case report of a delinquent adolescent's presenting an obsessive-compulsive disorder discusses possible underlying common features of externalizing and internalizing disorders, mainly in terms of fear and anxiety regulation. The successful psychotherapy is discussed with regard to efficient psychological assessment and treatment of delinquent adolescents, and it underlies the importance of detailed analysis of psychopathology in cases of juvenile delinquency.

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