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Los Angeles Probation Department Diet - Behavior Program - An Empirical Analysis of Six Institutional Settings

NCJ Number
International Journal of Biosocial Research Volume: 5 Issue: 1 Dated: (1983) Pages: 88-98
S J Schoenthaler
Date Published
11 pages
In a before-after comparison of 1,382 juveniles who were detained in 3 juvenile halls and a before-after comparison of 289 juveniles who were confined in 3 juvenile camps, a significantly lower level of antisocial behavior was found after the introduction of dietary modifications.
The modifications were designed to lower daily sugar consumption. In the three juvenile halls, a 44-percent reduction in the incidence of antisocial behavior was found in the 1,382 juveniles during the subsequent 3 months. The 289 juveniles in the probation camps showed a 25-percent reduction in the incidence of antisocial behavior during the 9 months after the implementation of the revised diet. Although it is clear that the diet change caused the improvement in behavior, it remains to be determined if the relationship between sugar and antisocial behavior is causative. Tables and 21 references are supplied. (Author abstract modified)


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