Comparing the mental health needs of female and male incarcerated juvenile delinquents

Jane Timmons-Mitchell, Christie Brown, S. Charles Schulz, Susan E. Webster, Lee A. Underwood, William E. Semple

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Abstract

The present study was undertaken to survey the prevalence of mental disorder in juvenile justice facilities and to compare the mental health needs for females and males. Girls displayed significantly more mental health needs than boys. The estimated prevalence of mental disorder for boys was 27%, compared with 84% for girls. The difference is highly significant and is discussed in terms of service system issues in juvenile justice that affect males and females differently.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-202
Number of pages8
JournalBehavioral Sciences and the Law
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1997

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