Criminal Justice Studies
recidivism, delinquency, youth, mental health, suicide
Little is known about youth who were previously placed in a detention facility and what factors predict a subsequent recidivism to placement. This study of a two-county juvenile offender population (one urban and one rural) investigates what demographic, educational, mental health, substance dependence, and courtrelated variables predict recidivism to detention placement. Findings from logistic regression analysis indicate that seven variables significantly predict juvenile offenders’ recidivism placement, some expected and some unexpected. Predictors that made recidivism more likely include youth with a previous conduct disorder diagnosis, a self-reported previous suicide attempt, age, and number of court offenses. Conversely, predictors that made recidivism less likely include race (Caucasian), a previous attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis, and a misdemeanor conviction. These findings indicate that the use of a community- based suicide and mental health screening and referral approach may help to identify and assist these high-risk youth in receiving needed services prior to juvenile court involvement or during delinquency adjudication.
Mallett, Christopher A., "Factors Related to Recidivism for Youthful Offenders" (2013). Social Work Faculty Publications. 30.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Criminal Justice Studies on 10 Jul 2012, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1478601X.2012.705539.