ERIC Number: EJ852761
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
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Mental Health Screening of Female Juvenile Offenders: Replication of a Subtyping Strategy
Cruise, Keith R.; Marsee, Monica A.; Dandreaux, Danielle M.; DePrato, Debra K.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v16 n5 p615-625 Oct 2007
Recent research indicates that adjudicated female youth have higher rates of mental health problems and histories of trauma exposure and abuse relative to adjudicated male youth. These differences are important for gender-specific assessment, intervention, and management strategies. We replicated a subtyping strategy for adjudicated female youth based on mental health screening data from the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument-2 (MAYSI-2) by investigating subtype differences on trauma symptoms, abuse history, and other background variables. Cluster analysis of the standard MAYSI-2 scales revealed a three cluster solution replicating results from a prior study. Additionally, results indicated expected differences between female youth with mental health problems compared to those without mental health problems with co-occurring female youth (i.e., self-reported mental health and substance abuse problems) having have greater mental health problems and more extensive abuse histories compared to other subtypes.
Descriptors: Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Multivariate Analysis, Delinquency, Screening Tests, Gender Differences, Females, Youth, Intervention, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Child Abuse, Family Influence, Comparative Analysis, Mental Disorders
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