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NCJ Number: 161372 Find in a Library
Title: Behavioral, Emotional, and Psychological Outcomes Among Adolescents in a Drug Treatment Program: A Comparison of Maltreated and Non-Maltreated Youth
Journal: Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse  Volume:4  Issue:1  Dated:(1994)  Pages:17-33
Author(s): P B Moran; M K Davies; T Toray
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 17
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The purpose of this study was to compare indexes of behavioral, emotional, and psychological problems experienced by maltreated and nonmaltreated adolescents in a drug treatment program.
Abstract: Data were collected over a 7-year period from intake interviews and Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory scores of 522 adolescent patients. Maltreatment was self-reported by 43 percent of females and 17 percent of males. Females had significantly more emotional and psychological problems than males, and both maltreated males and females had significantly more behavioral problems than their nonmaltreated peers. These problems included arrests, time spent in juvenile detention, and running away from home. Elevated scores for maltreated females on scales measuring emotional problems showed they experienced physical ailments related to breathing, digestion, vision, and sleeping that had no physiological basis. The unique needs of maltreated adolescents in drug treatment programs are discussed, and several recommendations for treatment based on the study findings are offered. 27 references and 3 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse; Child victims; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug treatment; Male female offender comparisons; Psychological victimization effects
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