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Psychiatric Disorders in Youth After Detention
(NCJ 246824) September 2015
OJJDP Beyond Detention Series, Bulletin, 20 page(s)
Linda A. Teplin, Leah J. Welty, Karen M. Abram, Mina K. Dulcan, Jason J. Washburn, Kathleen McCoy, and Marquita L. Stokes
This bulletin examines the results of the Northwestern Juvenile Project—a longitudinal study of youth detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago, IL. The authors discuss the findings related to the prevalence and persistence of psychiatric disorders in youth after detention. Key findings include: five years after the first interview, more than 45 percent of male juveniles and nearly 30 percent of female juveniles had one or more psychiatric disorders; substance use disorders were the most common and most likely to persist, with males having higher prevalence rates of substance use disorders over time; as compared to African Americans, non-Hispanic whites and Hispanics had higher rates of substance use disorders; and females had higher rates of depression over time.