Authors: Natalie Mamone, Claudia Vecchiato and Devon Indig, NSW
Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference
Subject: CLINICAL ISSUES, CRIMINAL JUSTICE, FORENSIC
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Juvenile Justice, in partnership with Justice Health, conducted the comprehensive 2009 NSW Young People in Custody Health Survey. Juvenile Justice Psychologists assessed mental disorders and experience of trauma using K-SADS-PL 2009 and the CTQ. Key findings (n=293) demonstrate high levels of disorders and co-morbidity. The findings are presented by Aboriginality and by gender. Disruptive Behaviour Disorders and Substance-related disorders are expected amongst this population. However, there is also a high prevalence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Major Depression. There is a higher prevalence of behaviour and substance-related disorders among Aboriginal detainees. Co-occurrence of two or more disorders is 73%, with a higher rate of co-morbidity among females. This research will help to improve criminal justice interventions.