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NCJ Number: 200367 Find in a Library
Title: Mortality in Young Offenders: Retrospective Cohort Study
Journal: BMJ  Volume:326  Dated:May 2003  Pages:1-4
Author(s): Carolyn Coffey; Friederike Veit; Rory Wolfe; Eileen Cini; George C. Patton
Date Published: May 2003
Page Count: 4
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article assesses mortality ratios among young offenders in Australia.
Abstract: Noting that socially disadvantaged youths have high levels of health problems as well as psychiatric and behavioral disorders, the authors suggest that such youths may experience higher death rates as well. Describing the research study presented in this article, the authors detail the 2,621 male and 228 female offenders, from Victoria, Australia, whose demographic information was analyzed concerning their death rates. The authors found that there were 96 deaths among the offender cohort and that most of these deaths were due to drug related causes, whereas in the Victorian population at large, youth deaths were most often due to non-intentional injury. The findings indicate that the social disadvantage and the marginalization of youth offenders in Australia play a role in these individuals’ deaths. Social public polices concerning youthful offenders need to address both drug and mental health issues as well as social disadvantage among young offenders. References
Main Term(s): Death and dying; Youthful offenders
Index Term(s): Educationally disadvantaged persons; Juvenile health services; Juvenile mental health services; Mental health
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