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ERIC Number: ED465249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Identification and Referral for Mental Health Services in Juvenile Detention.
Rogers, Kenneth M.; Pumariega, Andres J.; Cuffe, Steven P.
This report discusses the outcomes of a study that examined the mental health referral patterns of youth referred to a public sector mental health system as the result of a judicial consent decree. The study included two samples of youth ages 13-17 from the entire state of South Carolina. The first group included incarcerated youth recruited from the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (SCDJJ) central detention facility in Columbia (n=120). The second group included youth referred to South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) facilities as part of a judicial consent decree (n=120). Data were collected on both samples between January 1997 and December 1997. Findings from the study indicate there is a substantial level of need for mental health services among detained youth. Ninety-six percent of referred youth and 69 percent of incarcerated youth met criteria for a psychiatric disorder. The most common diagnostic category was disruptive disorder for both referred and detained youth. Referred youth were more likely to have affective diagnoses than detained youth; however, they were less likely to have a substance abuse disorder. Consistent with prior studies, African-American youth were referred for mental health services less often than were Caucasian youth. (Contains 16 references.) (CR)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of South Florida, Tampa. Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina