Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mental Health Symptoms of Incarcerated Juvenile Offenders: Change and Continuity During the First Three Months in a Secure Facility

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The changes in juvenile offenders' mental health symptoms over the first 11 weeks of their incarceration and the relationship of these adjustments to violent behavior are examined. Sections of this Bulletin include: highlights; introduction; methodology using MAYSI-2 (Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument, Version 2); mental health at baseline; mental health symptoms over time -- alcohol/drug use, angry-irritable, depressed-anxious, somatic complaints, suicide ideation, and mental health symptoms and violent behavior; and summary/implications. Variable patterns of mental health change exist.

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