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A Psychiatric Study of the Wives of Convicted Felons: An Example of Assortative Mating
SAMUEL B. GUZE; DONALD W. GOODWIN; J. BRUCE CRANE
Am J Psychiatry 1970;126:1773-1776.
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Professor, department of psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes and Renard Hospitals, 4940 Audubon Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110

Assistant professor, department of psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes and Renard Hospitals, 4940 Audubon Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110

United States Army

1970, American Psychiatric Association

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The authors conducted a psychiatric study of the wives of convicted felons that reveals an example of assortative mating. The wives, like their husbands, come from grossly disturbed family backgrounds and show the same psychopathology seen among their husbands' first-degree female relatives.

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