ERIC Number: ED254799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Juvenile Suicides in Adult Jails: Findings from a National Survey of Juveniles in Secure Detention Facilities.
Illinois Univ., Champaign. Community Research Center.
A national scope study was performed to test empirically the hypothesis that juveniles in adult jails have a suicide rate higher than that of juveniles in the general population. Random samples were drawn from all United States juvenile detention centers, all jails with an average daily population of at least 250 inmates, a 20 percent random sample of jails with average daily populations under 250, and a 6.8 percent random sample of adult lockups. Data were collected by mailed questionnaires, with an overall response rate of 77.4 percent. Statistically significant differences were found between the suicide rates of juveniles in adult jails during 1978 (12.3 per 100,000) and juveniles in the general population in 1977 (2.7 per 100,000); between juveniles in adult lockups (8.6 per 100,000) and juveniles in the general population; between juveniles in juvenile detention facilities (1.6 per 100,000) and juveniles in adult jails; and between juveniles in juvenile detention centers and juveniles in adult lockups. Results support the hypothesis that the rate of suicide among children held in adult jails and lockups is significantly higher than that among children in juvenile detention centers and children in the general population of the United States. (NRB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Children, Comparative Analysis, Correctional Institutions, Environmental Influences, National Surveys, Population Trends, Secondary Education, Social Environment, Suicide, Youth Problems
Community Research Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 505 East Green Street, Suite 10, Champaign, IL 61820.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquent Prevention (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Champaign. Community Research Center.