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Functional Impairment in Delinquent Youth
(NCJ 239996) December 2013
OJJDP Beyond Detention Series, Bulletin, 12 page(s)
Provides findings from the Northwestern Juvenile Project, the first large-scale, prospective longitudinal study of drug, alcohol, and psychiatric disorders in a diverse sample of juvenile detainees. The bulletin examines youth's functional impairment as assessed 3 years after they were initially detained. Of youth in the study sample, only 7.5 percent had no notable impairment in functioning. Approximately one of every five youth had markedly impaired functioning, which was much more common in males than in females; however, females were more likely to be severely impaired in the moods/emotions and self-harm domains than males.