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The Mental Health Needs of Young Offenders


  • 6 b/w illus. 11 tables
  • Page extent: 468 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.74 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 364.360973
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: n/a
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Juvenile delinquents--Mental health
    • Juvenile delinquents--Rehabilitation

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521612906)

The majority of young people in the American juvenile justice system have diagnosable mental illnesses, including substance abuse, mental retardation and learning disorders. However, these often remain undetected and untreated. In this book, a team of experts examines the prevalence of mental disorders in this population and describes the means of screening for, diagnosing, and treating them effectively in a developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive manner. They also examine psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic approaches; innovative alternatives to detention; the true costs of detaining youth; vulnerability to self-incrimination; and the alarming trend of minority confinement. Their comprehensive coverage includes discussion of ethical dilemmas and the need for preventive strategies and integrated approaches involving judicial, law enforcement, educational, and mental health professionals. This book will be of interest to both mental health and juvenile justice professionals.

• Comprehensive coverage includes epidemiologic, diagnostic, ethical, therapeutic, legal and systems issues • Takes a cross-disciplinary approach to appeal to all professionals dealing with young offenders with mental health problems • Covers prevention and innovative alternatives to detention


Introduction; 1. An overview of child and adolescent mental health needs in the juvenile justice system Carol I. Kessler; 2. Psychiatric disorders of youth in detention Linda A. Teplin, Karen M. Abram, Gary M. McClelland, Amy A. Mericle, Mina K. Dulcan, Jason J. Washburn and Shiraz Butte; 3. Disproportionate minority confinement William Arroyo; 4. Police interrogation of youth Alison D. Redlich and Steven Drizin; 5. Juvenile competency to understand Miranda and stand trial Thomas Geraghty, Peter Fink and Louis James Kraus; 6. The etiology of antisocial behavior: biopsychosocial risk factors across development Kayla Pope and Christopher Thomas; 7. Substance abuse in youth offenders Deborah R. Simkin; 8. Suicide and delinquent adolescents David C. Clark and Amer Smajkic; 9. Juvenile sex offenders Corinne Belsky, Wade Myers and Daniel Bober; 10. Educational needs of youth in the juvenile justice system Malika Closson and Ken Rogers; 11. Juvenile death penalty David Fassler and Stephen K. Harper; 12. Medical issues regarding incarcerated adolescents Robert Morris; 13. Mental health screening and assessment in juvenile justice Gina Vincent, Thomas Grisso and Anna Terry; 14. Psychological testing in juvenile justice settings Ruth Kraus; 15. Psychopharmacology and juvenile delinquency Niranjan S. Karnik, Marie V. Soller and Hans Steiner; 16. Evidence-based treatment for justice-involved youth Eric Trupin; 17. Community alternatives to incarceration Christopher Thomas; 18. Innovative problem-solving court models for justice-involved youth Carol Kessler; 19. Ethical issues of youthful offenders: confidentiality; right to receive and to refuse treatment; seclusion and restraint Lilia Romero-Bosch and Joseph V. Penn; 20. Post adjudicatory assessment of youth Louis Kraus and Hollie Sobel.


'This is a comprehensive book identifying the mental health needs of juvenile offenders. This is certainly the first step toward educating mental health and juvenile justice professionals and this book meets the goal.' Journal of Psychosomatic Research


Carol I. Kessler, Linda A. Teplin, Karen M. Abram, Gary M. McClelland, Amy A. Mericle, Mina K. Dulcan, Jason J. Washburn, Shiraz Butte, William Arroyo, Alison D. Redlich, Steven Drizin, Thomas Geraghty, Peter Fink, Louis James Kraus, Kayla Pope, Christopher Thomas, Deborah R. Simkin, David C. Clark, Amer Smajkic, Corinne Belsky, Wade Myers, Daniel Bober, Malika Closson, Ken Rogers, David Fassler, Stephen K. Harper, Robert Morris, Gina Vincent, Thomas Grisso, Anna Terry, Ruth Kraus, Niranjan S. Karnik, Marie V. Soller, Hans Steiner, Eric Trupin, Lilia Romero-Bosch, Joseph V. Penn, Hollie Sobel

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