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NCJ Number: 161385 Find in a Library
Title: How to Accomplish Effective Communication Between Juvenile Delinquents and Health Care Providers
Journal: Journal of Correctional Health Care  Volume:2  Issue:2  Dated:(Fall 1995)  Pages:151-168
Author(s): R E Morris
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 18
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Delinquent adolescents share several negative life experiences that may influence behavior during incarceration; by understanding these experiences and associated unpleasant behaviors, health care providers can devise appropriate responses and avoid inappropriate reactions.
Abstract: Most juvenile delinquents have experienced one or more of the following: physical and/or sexual abuse, inconsistent parenting, love deprivation, double messages, and poor educational mastery. These precursors contribute to the development of poor social skills, confrontational attitudes, fear of pain and medical procedures, macho behavior, spreading of rumors, concrete thinking, manipulative behavior, answer-seeking, and a low tolerance of frustration. Appropriate responses from health care providers can often temporarily suppress unwanted behaviors and allow useful communication with the patient. By understanding the roots of "bad" behaviors, health care providers can avoid negative responses and have relaxed interactions with detained juveniles. Pitfalls health care providers should avoid when treating juvenile delinquents are noted, and the importance of reinforcing positive behaviors is emphasized. 34 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile health services
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child victims; Inmate health care; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Juvenile delinquents; Juvenile inmates; Juvenile treatment methods; Juvenile victims; Problem behavior; Psychological victimization effects
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