Trauma in Forensic Adolescent Females: Predictors, Correlates and Mental Health Outcomes

Trauma in Forensic Adolescent Females: Predictors, Correlates and Mental Health Outcomes This study investigated the demographic predictors of trauma in adolescent females. The role of trauma in the outcomes of psychopathology were examined. Additionally, alcohol and substance use were examined as a product of trauma and leading cause of forensic status. Finally, the mental health of the present sample was compared to paired national averages. Participants included 35 adolescent females currently in the juvenile justice system. Results indicate that the present forensic sample demonstrated significantly worse mental health than non-forensic youth. Additionally, those with a history of trauma showed worse outcomes than youth with fewer traumas experienced. Several demographic factors were predictors of trauma, and trauma in turn predicted alcohol abuse. Those with a history of trauma showed significantly poorer behavioral and academic functioning in addition to mental health difficulties. Implications for the juvenile justice system and mental health treatment are discussed. . . . . Keywords Adolescents Trauma Psychopathology Forensic Alcohol abuse Introduction The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) describes the typical adolescent female offender as Research that examines the unique needs of court-involved being between the ages of 14 to 16, a member of an ethnic adolescent females is scarce and does not adequately address http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma Springer Journals

Trauma in Forensic Adolescent Females: Predictors, Correlates and Mental Health Outcomes

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Psychology; Child and School Psychology; Social Work; Public Health
ISSN
1936-1521
eISSN
1936-153X
D.O.I.
10.1007/s40653-018-0216-x
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Abstract

This study investigated the demographic predictors of trauma in adolescent females. The role of trauma in the outcomes of psychopathology were examined. Additionally, alcohol and substance use were examined as a product of trauma and leading cause of forensic status. Finally, the mental health of the present sample was compared to paired national averages. Participants included 35 adolescent females currently in the juvenile justice system. Results indicate that the present forensic sample demonstrated significantly worse mental health than non-forensic youth. Additionally, those with a history of trauma showed worse outcomes than youth with fewer traumas experienced. Several demographic factors were predictors of trauma, and trauma in turn predicted alcohol abuse. Those with a history of trauma showed significantly poorer behavioral and academic functioning in addition to mental health difficulties. Implications for the juvenile justice system and mental health treatment are discussed. . . . . Keywords Adolescents Trauma Psychopathology Forensic Alcohol abuse Introduction The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) describes the typical adolescent female offender as Research that examines the unique needs of court-involved being between the ages of 14 to 16, a member of an ethnic adolescent females is scarce and does not adequately address

Journal

Journal of Child & Adolescent TraumaSpringer Journals

Published: May 28, 2018

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