Dealing with double jeopardy: Mental health disorders among girls in the juvenile justice system

Emily G. Marston, Michael A. Russell, Ingrid Obsuth, Gillian K. Watson

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Abstract

Youth within the juvenile justice system consistently show higher rates of mental health disorders when compared to normative populations (Otto et al. 1992; Vermeiren 2003). According to one of the most comprehensive epidemiological studies of detained adolescents (Males = 1,172; Females = 657), as many as two-thirds of males and three-quarters of females meet criteria for one or more psychiatric disorders (Teplin et al. 2002). Although prevalence rates of mental health disorders tend to vary across samples, they remain consistently high in juvenile justice populations, ranging from 50-100% (Dixon et al. 2004; Lederman et al. 2004; Teplin et al. 2002), and stand in stark contrast to the significantly lower prevalence rates of psychopathology among normative populations of adolescents (15%: Roberts et al. 1998).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDelinquent Girls
Subtitle of host publicationContexts, Relationships, and Adaptation
PublisherSpringer New York
Pages105-118
Number of pages14
Volume9781461404156
ISBN (Electronic)9781461404156
ISBN (Print)1461404150, 9781461404149
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)

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    Marston, E. G., Russell, M. A., Obsuth, I., & Watson, G. K. (2012). Dealing with double jeopardy: Mental health disorders among girls in the juvenile justice system. In Delinquent Girls: Contexts, Relationships, and Adaptation (Vol. 9781461404156, pp. 105-118). Springer New York. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-0415-6_7