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Presented at the 18th Annual Research Conference

Youth with SED in Transition to Adulthood from Special Education, Juvenile Justice, and Dual Diagnosis Treatment Settings

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Session Number: 36 Room: Salon A

Presentation Type: symposium

Chair: Maryann Davis Discussant: Heather Ringeisen

Synopsis: The purpose of this symposium is to continue adding to our knowledge base about youth with serious mental health conditions during their transition to adulthood, specifically targeting this knowledge towards service implications. This symposium presents three large longitudinal studies focused on different subgroups; special education students with SED, serious juvenile offenders with psychiatric disorders, and adolescents with comorbid psychiatric and substance use disorders in residential dual treatment. Each study examines critical correlates (e.g. sociodemographic, clinical, household, prior services characteristics) of important areas of functioning (e.g. academic, social, daily activities) or service utilization during the transition to adulthood.

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Session Time: 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Secondary School Students with Emotional Disturbances: What Makes a Difference?

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Presenting: Mary Wagner

All Authors for this paper: Mary Wagner

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: This paper will present the results of multivariate analyses of data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2), which relate individual and household characteristics of students with emotional disturbances with outcomes in the academic and social domains. In the academic domain, analyses investigate factors that help explain variation in school absenteeism, grades, and the gap between tested and actual reading and mathematics abilities. In the social domain, analyses explore variations in both prosocial activities (e.g., having active friendships, and belonging to school or community groups) and indicators of negative social adjustment (e.g., being subject to disciplinary actions at school and to arrest).

The Influence of Mental Health Problems and Court Involvement on Service Utilization among Serious Juvenile Offenders

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Presenting: He Len Chung; Edward Mulvey; Carol Schubert

All Authors for this paper: He Len Chung; Edward Mulvey; Carol Schubert

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: The relations between mental health problems, court involvement, and service utilization were examined among a sample of 1,024 serious adolescent offenders, drawn from a longitudinal study of life events and outcomes for adolescents and young adults involved with juvenile justice systems. To better understand the service needs of offenders in transition to adulthood, we draw specific comparison between younger and older offenders with respect to their mental health needs, level of court involvement, and use of mental health and social services in the community. The service implications of the discovered age differences in diagnoses and service utilization will be discussed.

The Transition to Adulthood 5-Years Post Treatment.

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Presenting: Nancy Jainchill; Josephine Hawke

All Authors for this paper: Nancy Jainchill; Josephine Hawke

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: This presentation will describe findings on adolescents (N ~ 450) who were in residential therapeutic communities (TCs) for the treatment of substance use and concomitant problems, and who were located and interviewed five years after separation from treatment. The large majority of these youth (~ 90%) obtained a DSM diagnosis in addition to substance use on admission to treatment. The relationship between comorbidity, other risk and protective factors, and post-treatment outcomes will be examined. In particular, we will explore how successfully these youth address developmentally appropriate issues and goals reflecting personal and social functioning as they move into adulthood.