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NCJ Number: 207786 Find in a Library
Title: Mental Health, Education, Child Welfare, and Juvenile Justice Service Use (From Child Delinquents: Development, Intervention, and Service Needs, P 273-303, 2001, Rolf Loeber and David P. Farrington, eds. -- NCJ-207774)
Author(s): Barbara J. Burns; John Landsverk; Kelly Kelleher; Leyla Faw; Andrea Faw; Andrea Hazen; Gordon Keeler
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Literature Review
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter examines conduct symptoms in children (ages 7-12) as a proxy for early-onset offending, since delinquent behavior is usually preceded by nondelinquent conduct problems, with a focus on the services provided for such children.
Abstract: The discussion of services for children who engage in problem behaviors addresses issues of access and service-use patterns, beginning with a review of the published research literature on services and efficacy that is relevant to child delinquents. It notes that most interventions for younger children focus on parents and may be home-based. An analysis of three recent studies addresses the characteristics (age, gender, ethnicity, and comorbid conditions) of children with conduct symptoms or disorders who receive services; how these characteristics vary by service sector used (e.g., mental health, education, child welfare, and juvenile justice); and the types of services provided in the various sectors. The new material in this chapter consists of the examination of three recent studies on youth characteristics and service-use patterns. All three studies confirm the significant use of psychiatric hospitalization for adolescents with conduct disorders. Among the new findings from the studies were a lag time between symptom onset in young children and the rendering of services, the identification of the school system as the most likely intervention agent, and the extremely low involvement of the juvenile justice system in mental health interventions for juveniles. This latter finding gives concern because of the overrepresentation of ethnic minority youth in the juvenile justice system. The high cost of care was another new finding. Recommendations are offered for research and policy development likely to improve the services provided for children with conduct disorders. 10 tables
Main Term(s): Young juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Child welfare; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile educational services; Juvenile mental health services; Offender mental health services; Problem behavior
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