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NCJ Number: NCJ 241699     Find in a Library
Title: Link Between Mental Health Problems and Youth Violence in Adolescence: A Multilevel Test of DSM-Oriented Problems
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Author(s): Jennifer Wareham ; Denise Paquette Boots
  Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:39  Issue:8  Dated:August 2012  Pages:1003 to 1024
Date Published: 08/2012
Page Count: 22
  Annotation: This strudy examined the early identification of mental illness in youngsters and physical violence.
Abstract: The early identification of mental illness in youngsters is an important goal for youth, their families, and society. This study utilized continuous indicators of DSM-oriented psychopathology to explore the link between adolescent mental health and physical violence. Relying on data from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN) and controlling for various community, friend, family, and individual risk factors of violence, the role of various mental health problems on self-reported violence is examined. Both violence prevalence and frequency outcomes were studied. Results indicated that oppositional defiant problems was a weak predictor of violence prevalence but stronger predictor of violence frequency, controlling for other indicators. Other individual-level predictors of violence included prior violence, deviant peers, family criminality and mental health problems, and poor family relations. Community-level predictors were neighborhood ties, neighborhood decline, neighborhood organizations, and anomie, though the latter variable reduced offending. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Young juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Violence ; Mental health ; Violence causes ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2009-IJ-CX-0007
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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