juvenile, offender, bipolar disorder, mental health, personal crime, detention
Background: Youth involved with juvenile courts often suffer from mental health difficulties and disorders, and these mental health disorders have often been a factor leading to the youth’s delinquent behaviours and activities.
Method: The present study of a sample population (N= 341), randomly drawn from one urban US county’s juvenile court delinquent population, investigated which specific mental health disorders predicted detention for committing a personal crime.
Results: Youth with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and conduct disorder diagnoses were significantly less likely to commit personal crimes and experience subsequent detention, while youth with bipolar diagnoses were significantly more likely.
Conclusion: Co-ordinated youth policy efforts leading to early identification and treatment of bipolar disorder symptoms may be necessary.
Stoddard Dare, Patricia A.; Mallett, Christopher A.; and Boitel, Craig, "Association Between Mental Health Disorders and Juveniles' Detention for a Personal Crime" (2011). Social Work Faculty Publications. 14.
This is the accepted version of the article which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1475-3588.2011.00599.x/abstract