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NCJ Number: 82257 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Mental Health Programs for Crime and Juvenile Delinquency Prevention
Author(s): D I Monos
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 76
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF|PDF
Type: Bibliography
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The role of mental health programs in helping to prevent crime and juvenile delinquency is considered, with particular attention given to the function of mental health clinics.
Abstract: The historical development of the mental health clinic's interest in crime prevention is outlined, followed by an assessment of the current state of mental health programs and research focusing on crime prevention. This assessment discusses prevention versus treatment, the imbalance between the relatively heavy concern with preventing juvenile crime compared to the concern for adult crime prevention, and the little attention given to preventing female criminality. A model is described which is designed to classify mental health patients with symptoms of being potential offenders, so they may be given priority for preventive treatment. Prevention programs are described in the areas of diagnosis, types of personnel used, and youth projects. The discussion of preventive diagnosis includes consideration of the hand test, Briston Social Adjustment Guides, the Glueck Social Prediction Table, medico-biological techniques, and diagnosis through family examination. Personnel considered for use in mental health prevention programs include inmates, nonprofessional mental health volunteers for the community, the use of health aides, and retired nonprofessionals. The youth projects described are the day-hospital service in a child guidance clinic and the Cambridge-Somerville Youth Study. Prevention programs considered in the concluding chapter focus on drug addiction, psychotherapy and medication, alcohol abuse. Recommendations are offered for improving research and treatment relating to crime prevention. A bibliography with 173 listings is provided.
Index Term(s): Alcoholism treatment programs; Crime prevention measures; Drug treatment; Mental health services; Psychological evaluation
Note: Revised version of the author's report originally contracted in 1968 by the US Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration
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