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Presented at the 18th Annual Research Conference

The Multiple Needs of Youth Entering the Juvenile Justice System

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Session Number: 11 Room: Salon G

Presenting: Jonathan Brown; Phillip Leaf

All Authors for this paper: Jonathan Brown; Phillip Leaf; Anne Riley; Christine Walrath

Presentation Type: paper presentation

Synopsis: Previous research on the needs of youth involved with the juvenile justice system has focused on incarcerated populations. This study describes youth at their first contact with the Department of Juvenile Justice before adjudication. A representative sample of 231 youth and his/her caregiver completed self-administered questionnaires (compiled from well-validated health and education instruments) to determine their level of need across life domains. Youth needs identified within domains were: behavior (22.0%), education (65.8%), emotion (21.3%), family (59.0%), somatic health (18.0%) and substance use (46.5%). At least 91.4% of youth demonstrated need in one or more domain, 64.4% in two or more and 41.9% in three or more. Youth at intake did not demonstrate high rates of mental health problems frequently found among detained populations.

Date: Monday, March 7, 2005

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

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