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Title: Mental Health and Violent Offending in Chicago Youth: A Multilevel Approach
Author(s): Denise Paquette Boots Ph.D.; Jennifer Wareham Ph.D.
Date Published: 2011
Page Count: 124
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
NLECTC Small, Rural, Tribal and Border Regional Ctr
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Grant Number: 2009-IJ-CX-0007
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Research Paper
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This research report explores the early identification of mental illness in youngsters as an important goal for researchers who are interested in determining if a causal relationship exists between various forms of mental disorder and offending.
Abstract: This study examines the role of various mental health problems on self-reported violence among Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN) across age cohorts while controlling for various community-, friend-, familial-, and individual-level risk factors that may also influence violence pathways. Results from the multilevel analyses suggest a continuity of oppositional defiant and antisocial personality problems over the life-course may predict violence. The implications of these findings are offered as they relate to public policy, treatment, and future research efforts. The early identification of mental illness in youngsters is an important goal for researchers who are interested in determining if a causal relationship exists between various forms of mental disorder and offending. Consideration of mental health problems is also of great importance to practitioners in criminal justice who treat youth presenting with co-morbid mental and behavioral issues. Building upon preliminary work, this study utilizes gender- and age-appropriate continuous indicators of psychopathology to explore the link between child and adolescent mental health and youth violence.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency theory; Mental health; NIJ final report; Violent crimes; Violent juvenile offenders; Young juvenile offenders
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