ERIC Number: EJ940865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
Assessing the Sensitivity and Specificity of the MAYSI-2 for Detecting Trauma among Youth in Juvenile Detention
Kerig, Patricia K.; Moeddel, Melissa Arnzen; Becker, Stephen P.
Child & Youth Care Forum, v40 n5 p345-362 Oct 2011
This study investigated the sensitivity and specificity of the most widely used mental health screening instrument in juvenile detention, the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument (MAYSI-2), for detecting trauma and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among detained youth. The MAYSI-2 scales measuring Substance Use, Anger/Irritability, Depression/Anxiety, and Traumatic Experiences contributed to the prediction of PTSD symptoms; however, only Depression/Anxiety contributed to the prediction of associated symptoms for girls. The ROC curves technique indicated that the Traumatic Experiences scale was a moderately accurate predictor of likely Full or Partial PTSD but not superior to the other MAYSI-2 scales. These results suggest further work is needed to develop measures that are sensitive to the experiences of delinquent youth with histories of complex trauma.
Descriptors: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Prediction, Juvenile Justice, Depression (Psychology), Anxiety, Measures (Individuals), Institutionalized Persons, Trauma, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Psychological Patterns, Delinquency, Youth
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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