Family Belonging and Internalizing Symptoms among Youth Involved with the Juvenile Justice System

Katie J. Stone, Jonathan L. Poquiz, Paula J. Fite, Casey A. Pederson

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Abstract

Detained youth are at an increased risk of developing internalizing symptoms. Belongingness theory suggests that youth’s perception of belonging within their family may further elucidate this risk. In addition, alexithymia may explicate symptoms, yet these constructs have yet to be evaluated in detained youth. The present study examined the interaction between alexithymia and family belonging on depression and anxiety symptoms of 94 youth in a juvenile detention facility. Results suggest that lack of family belonging and high alexithymia are independently associated with greater internalizing symptoms. Findings indicated a need for interventions targeting family belonging and emotion regulation to address internalizing problems for youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-132
Number of pages16
JournalYouth Justice
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2023

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program under Grant No. DGE-1540502 awarded to K.J. Stone. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Keywords

  • alexithymia
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • family belonging
  • juvenile justice

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