Conditions associated with identification of mentally ill youths in juvenile detention

Kenneth M. Rogers, Andres J. Pumariega, D. Lanette Atkins, Steven P. Cuffe

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The current study examines the prevalence and severity of psychiatric symptoms in incarcerated youth. A random sample of youth ages 13-17 who were referred for mental health services (n = 120) and not referred for services (n = 120) at a juvenile detention facility were studied. Psychopathology was evaluated using the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children and the Child Behavior Checklist. Ninety-six percent of referred youth and 69% of non-referred youth had one or more psychiatric diagnoses. Co-morbidity was common in both groups. The findings suggest that youths in the juvenile justice system have noteworthy psychopathology that often remains unidentified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-40
Number of pages16
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Juvenile justice
  • Service use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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