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NCJ Number: 119154 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescent Psychological Development: Normal and Abnormal (From Juvenile Psychiatry and the Law, P 219-236, 1989, Richard Rosner and Harold I Schwartz, eds. -- See NCJ-119142)
Author(s): E Dulit
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Press
New York, NY 10013
Sale Source: Plenum Press
233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A basic task for the forensic psychiatrist who works with adolescent clients or offenders or patients in court-related settings is to make a special effort to determine which cases involve a significant degree of psychiatric illness as a major underlying factor contributing to the overall clinical picture.
Abstract: This effort should recognize that other significant factors may also exist, including situational circumstances, social class factors, and special family circumstances. Another task is to accept that in a substantial minority of cases seen in adolescence a distinction cannot be made with confidence between the presence of underlying mental illness versus merely a bad case of adolescence, as manifested by flamboyance, excessiveness, unconventionality, rule breaking, and major rebelliousness. However, that distinction can be made reliably in the majority of cases. A third task is to have easy access to a wide range of different treatment services and approaches to which youths can be referred for appropriate treatment. Finally, the forensic psychiatrist must find a way to a middle ground on the issue of more versus less restrictiveness in treatment imposed on psychiatrically disturbed adolescents, particularly those with conduct disorders. 2 references.
Main Term(s): Psychological evaluation
Index Term(s): Forensic psychiatry; Juvenile mental health services; Treatment offender matching
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