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Title: Statewide Screening of Mental Health Symptoms Among Juvenile Offenders in Detention
Journal: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry  Volume:43  Issue:4  Dated:April 2004  Pages:430-439
Author(s): Elizabeth Cauffman Ph.D.
Date Published: April 2004
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: K01 MH01791-01A1
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the need for reliable and efficient methods of assessing mental health problems among juvenile offenders in detention.
Abstract: Assessing mental health problems ensures that limited treatment resources are applied to those with the greatest need. Between May 2000 and October 2002, 18,607 admissions were administered the computerized version of the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument Version 2 (MAYSI-2) 24 to 48 hours after their arrival at 15 detention centers throughout Pennsylvania. The MAYSI-2 was designed to assist juvenile justice facilities in identifying youths that may have special mental health needs. About 70 percent of the males and 81 percent of the females scored above the clinical cutoff on at least one of the following five MAYSI-2 scales: Alcohol/Drug Use, Angry-Irritable, Depressed-Anxious, Somatic Complaints, and/or Suicide Ideation. Girls were more likely than boys to exhibit internalizing as well as externalizing problems. Mental health problems were most prevalent among White youths and least prevalent among African-American youths. When youths repeated the screen upon subsequent visits to detention, their scores generally remained stable. While older youths were more likely to present with alcohol/drug use problems and traumatic experiences, younger youths were more likely to present with anger-irritable symptoms as well as depressed-anxious moods. The results indicate that the MAYSI-2 is a promising triage tool for emergent risk. 1 figure, 4 tables, 30 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile inmates; Mental disorders
Index Term(s): Correctional institutions (juvenile); Juvenile mental health services; Juvenile offenders; Juvenile psychological evaluation; Mental health services; Psychological evaluation
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