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NCJ Number: 134517 Find in a Library
Title: Assessment and Treatment of Mentally Disordered Young Offenders (From Young Offenders Act: A Revolution in Canadian Criminal Justice, P 197-229, 1991, Alan W Leschied, Peter G Jaffe, et al, eds. -- See NCJ-134506)
Author(s): C D Webster; J M Rogers; J J Cochrane; S Stylianos
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 33
Sponsoring Agency: University of Toronto Press
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: Mentally ill juvenile offenders are extremely heterogeneous with respect to their characteristics and treatment needs; they need accessible and comprehensive treatment and care programs that are well-coordinated, flexible, and continuous and are staffed by properly trained personnel.
Abstract: These youths include those suffering from neurotic disorders or emotional disturbances specific to childhood and adolescence, those with severe psychopathology, those with conduct disorders and learning disorders, drug abusers, and those who are resistant to usual interventions. No single assessment instrument or approach is totally satisfactory for assessing these youths. However, assessments can focus on competence to stand trial, dangerousness, treatment planning and dispositions, psychometric classification, and psychological evaluation. Community-based treatment programs include individual and family therapies, diversion programs, programs emphasizing behavior modification, and outpatient programs attached to hospitals with psychiatric units. Residential treatment and therapeutic camping programs are also available. The service delivery system should include a range of alternatives, with the choice of setting and treatment techniques based on the nature and severity of the disorder and the youth's needs. 115 references
Main Term(s): Emotionally disturbed delinquents; Juvenile mental health services
Index Term(s): Canada; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Juvenile psychological evaluation; Juvenile treatment methods; Mentally ill offenders
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