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Body-Buffer Zone in Violent Prisoners
Am J Psychiatry 1970;127:59-64.
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Instructor in psychiatry, attending psychiatrist, New York State Psychiatric Institute, 722 West 168th St., New York, N. Y. 10032

1971, American Psychiatric Association

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Comparative measurement of the body-buffer zones of eight violent and six non-violent prisoners showed the zones of the violent group to be almost four times larger. In the violent group the rear zones were larger than the front zones; in the non-violent group the front zones were larger. The large zones of the violent group may reflect a pathological body image state. The author discusses potential application of body-buffer zone measurements in the detection, treatment, and prognosis of individuals predisposed to violent behavior.

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