|Vol. 1, No. 3 , 1995, Page 5|
HYPERACTIVITY IS A SIGNIFICANT RISK FACTOR for crime and delinquency. Rachel Gittelman found that boys whose hyperactivity continued into late adolescence "were four times more likely [than non-hyperactive males] to develop antisocial behavior... [and] had significantly more criminal arrests and greater numbers of incidents of school truancy, expulsion, theft and fighting." James Satterfield found that half of the hyperactive boys who had participated in an earlier study he'd conducted were later arrested for a felony crime; 25 percent had been institutionalized for antisocial behavior, compared with 1 percent of non-hyperactive controls.