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OJJDP Bulletin Examines Psychiatric Disorders in Youth After Detention

September 28, 2015

PsychiatricDisorders OJJDP has released "Psychiatric Disorders in Youth After Detention." The bulletin is part of OJJDP's Beyond Detention series, which examines the findings of the Northwestern Juvenile Project - a large-scale 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. Males had 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.

  • Females had higher rates of depression over time.


Bulletins from OJJDP's Beyond Detention series are now available in EPUB and MOBI formats.

Learn more about the Northwestern Juvenile Project, cosponsored by OJJDP.

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