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NCJ Number: 119965 Find in a Library
Title: Urine Testing of Detained Juveniles to Identify High-Risk Youth
Author(s): R Dembo; L Williams; E D Wish; J Schmeidler
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 86-IJ-CX-0050; 87-JN-CX-0008
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
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NCJRS Photocopy Services
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Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The role of drug use in the events that bring juveniles into the justice system is studied.
Abstract: A 3-year study of over 400 detained juveniles was conducted to determine the benefits of urine tests for identifying youngsters at high risk for future criminal behavior. The study consisted of interviews and urine tests of juveniles as they entered detention centers in Tampa, Florida. Follow-up interviews and drug tests were later performed to determine patterns of drug use, criminality, and behavioral and psychological adjustment. Juveniles' self-reports of drug use were compared to their urine tests. The results of the study concluded that juveniles were likely to accurately report their marijuana use, but they were less likely to accurately report their use of illicit drugs. Also, juveniles who were tested positive for drugs initially were much more likely to be tested positive and re-arrested for more serious offenses by the time the follow-up interviews occurred. Increased drug testing of juveniles and development of drug treatment programs for juvenile offenders is recommended. 17 footnotes. 44 references.
Main Term(s): Drug testing; Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Drug treatment; Drug treatment programs
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