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Does kleptomania occur more in children or in adults?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Holmes
Child Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Adults

It is more common for children to take things, but the full blown diagnosis of kleptomania is more common in adults.

In brief: Adults

It is more common for children to take things, but the full blown diagnosis of kleptomania is more common in adults.
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

Children are more likely to have "sticky fingers" than adults, but it's done mostly out of impulsivity or lack of social development.
Adults have a more serious problem when they shoplift. These adults need medical help. So children are more commonly taking stuff that isn't theirs, but adults have a larger problem.

In brief: Not really

Children are more likely to have "sticky fingers" than adults, but it's done mostly out of impulsivity or lack of social development.
Adults have a more serious problem when they shoplift. These adults need medical help. So children are more commonly taking stuff that isn't theirs, but adults have a larger problem.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Kleptomania

The onset of Kleptomania is usually in adolescence.
Kleptomania is not just shoplifting - it is an impulse control disorder. Women often present for treatment around 35 years old and the average is 50 years old for men. REF: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3225132/

In brief: Kleptomania

The onset of Kleptomania is usually in adolescence.
Kleptomania is not just shoplifting - it is an impulse control disorder. Women often present for treatment around 35 years old and the average is 50 years old for men. REF: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3225132/
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