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NCJ Number: 118565 Find in a Library
Title: Common Health Problems of Juveniles in Correctional Facilities
Corporate Author: American Medical Assoc
Program to Improve Medical Care and Health Services in Correctional Institutions
United States
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: American Medical Assoc
Chicago, IL 60610
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report, based solely on the health of juveniles in correctional facilities, highlights the results of several studies that document juvenile inmate health needs.
Abstract: Based on the studies surveyed, findings pertain to juvenile health in the areas of seizure disorders, gastrointestinal problems, sexually transmissible diseases, musculoskeletal problems, skin problems, trauma, alcohol-drug abuse, dental problems, and learning disabilities. Findings indicate that 2.9 percent of a sample of 749 juvenile males were receiving anticonvulsant medications, and reports of the incidence of gastrointestinal disorders involved 0.8 percent among 391 males. Figures on sexually transmissible diseases were not relatively high given that five sexually transmissible diseases are currently epidemic in the United States. Musculoskeletal problems varied from 0.3 percent to 4.1 percent in juvenile inmate samples, and skin problems varied from 4.6 to 25.3 percent. In one study, 64 percent of a sample of 390 juveniles evidenced trauma. Alcohol abuse ranged from 2.6 percent to 12.1 percent of samples surveyed. Dental problems were present in variations from 0.5 percent to 26.6 percent. A General Accounting Office report concluded that 25 percent of institutionalized juveniles had learning disabilities. 53 footnotes, 19 references.
Main Term(s): Juvenile health services
Index Term(s): Juvenile inmate statistics; Juvenile inmates
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