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ERIC Number: ED432859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 7
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The Characteristics of Youth Referred for Mental Health Evaluation in the Juvenile Justice System.
Rogers, Kenneth M.; Powell, Elaine; Strock, Melissa
This study examined the demographic, service use, and juvenile justice history associated with clinical variables in a juvenile justice population. Records of 3,283 youth (ages 10 to 18) admitted to a juvenile corrections facility in a six-month period were reviewed. Of this group, 244 (8 percent) had been referred for mental health evaluation. Both African-Americans and Caucasians were referred for mental health evaluation at a substantially higher rate than Latino youth and being a minority was associated with receiving a diagnosis of conduct disorder. The report notes the relatively low rate of referral in a population with an estimated prevalence of emotional disturbance of 14-22 percent. (DB)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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