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Assessing the Mental Health Status of Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings

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This bulletin, Assessing the Mental Health Status of Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings, reports the results of a study that used a computerized, self-administered version of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC) to screen for psychiatric disorders in youth newly admitted to juvenile assessment centers in Illinois and New Jersey. The study assessed rates of psychiatric disorders and tested the feasibility of using this assessment instrument among youth in the juvenile justice system. Recommendations are also offered for “best practices” for mental health assessment in juvenile justice settings based on a comparison of the rates of psychiatric disorder identified in this study with those found in other studies in which earlier versions of the DISC were used in juvenile justice settings.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Assessing the Mental Health Status of Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings created by Gail A. Wasserman, Larkin S. McReynolds, and Susan J. Ko


Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Publication Date:

August 2004

Course Material Authors

Gail A. Wasserman

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Larkin S. McReynolds

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Susan J. Ko

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Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about assessing the mental health status of youth in juvenile justice settings. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the assessment process of the mental health status of youth in juvenile justice settings.

  2. Identify the process of the diagnostic schedule for children.

  3. Explain the recommendations for juvenile justice mental health assessment.

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Course Number 101207
1 credit hour
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  • Reading-Based Online
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