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Letters Teenage conduct problems, later

Predictions are overly dire

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 03 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b775
  1. Joan McClusky, medical writer1
  1. 1New York, NY 10003, USA
  1. joanmnewyork{at}

    Colman and colleagues conclude: “Adolescents who exhibit externalising behaviour experience multiple social and health impairments that adversely affect them, their families, and society throughout adult life.”1 This seems an overly dire and alarmist conclusion from looking at their data.

    There were no adult symptoms of depression or anxiety in about …

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