ERIC Number: ED478687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Adolescent Girls with Mental Health Disorders Involved with the Juvenile Justice System.
Over the past decade, the number of girls involved with the juvenile justice system has increased substantially. Available research suggests that large numbers of these girls have serious mental health problems often associated with histories of sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect. Delinquent girls with serious mental health problems pose a significant challenge to the juvenile justice system because of the complex set of problems they present and, if their needs go unmet, their poor prognoses. Without appropriate gender- and trauma-specific treatment, these girls are likely to experience high rates of criminality, substance abuse, early pregnancy, and continued interpersonal violence. Assertive interventions are necessary to break the intergenerational cycles of violence, crime, trauma, and addiction. This brief provides an overview of the topic and suggestions for addressing the mental health needs of girls in the juvenile justice system. (Contains 25 references.) (GCP)
National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, Policy Research Associates, 345 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054. For full text: http://www.ncmhjj.com/pdfs/Adol_girls.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Produced by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice.