Mental Health Disorders And Co-Morbidity Among Juvenile Detainees: Findings From The 2009 Nsw Young People In Custody Health Survey

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Authors: Natalie Mamone, Claudia Vecchiato and Devon Indig, NSW

Year: 2010

Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference


Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 9780975765364

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.

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