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NCJ Number: 42415 Find in a Library
Title: DIAGNOSTIC EVALUATION OF THE JUVENILE OFFENDER - TOWARD THE CLARIFICATION OF OFTEN OVERLOOKED PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
Journal: CHILD PSYCHIATRY AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT  Volume:6  Issue:4  Dated:(SUMMER 1976)  Pages:198-213
Author(s): D O LEWIS
Corporate Author: Behavioral Publications
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Behavioral Publications
New York, NY 10011
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: ON THE BASIS OF PREVIOUSLY REPORTED FINDINGS THAT MANY COURT-REFERRED CHILDREN HAVE A PSYCHOPATHOLOGY OTHER THAN SOCIOPATHY, ATTENTION IS GIVEN TO SOME ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS IN THE DIAGNOSTIC EVALUATION OF JUVENILES.
Abstract: EMPHASIS IS ON A METICULOUS HISTORY, INCLUDING CAREFUL ATTENTION TO THE SIGNIFICANCES OF FAMILY HISTORIES OF SERIOUS PSYCHIATRIC AND/OR NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS. THE IMPORTANCE OF A DETAILED PERINATAL AND MEDICAL HISTORY, WITH EMPHASIS ON DETERMINING A POSSIBLE HISTORY OF SIGNIFICANT INJURY TO THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM, IS STRESSED. A SYSTEMATIC MENTAL STATUS EVALUATION IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. TECHNIQUES FOR ASSESSING THE EXISTENCE OF SIGNIFICANT HALLUCINATORY AND DELUSIONAL EXPERIENCES IN CHILDREN ARE SUGGESTED. THE USES OF PSYCHOLOGICAL AND NEUROLOGICAL EVALUATIONS TO AUGMENT THE PSYCHIATRIC ARE DISCUSSED. THE POOR SOCIAL SITUATION FROM WHICH MANY DELINQUENTS COME AS WELL AS THE OBVIOUS INTRAFAMILIAL PSYCHODYNAMIC FACTORS INFLUENCING DELINQUENT BEHAVIOR ARE RECOGNIZED AS FREQUENT BLOCKS TO THE SEARCH FOR LESS OBVIOUS PSYCHOTIC AND/OR ORGANIC VULNERABILITIES IN THE JUVENILE OFFENDER. CASE HISTORIES OF SEVERAL CHILDREN WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN DISMISSED AS MERELY SOCIOPATHIC, ILLUSTRATE THE THESIS OF THE PAPER. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT)...DMC
Index Term(s): Behavioral and Social Sciences; Behavioral science research; Diagnostic and reception processing; Emotional disorders; Juvenile mental health services; Juvenile treatment methods; Mental health; Personality assessment; Problem behavior; Psychological evaluation; Psychopaths; Sociopaths
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