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Marsh, A. (2016). Psychiatric Issues Among Adjudicated Youth: Challenges, Failures, and Successes. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 15(3):231-236.

(2016). Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 15(3):231-236

Psychiatric Issues Among Adjudicated Youth: Challenges, Failures, and Successes

Akeem Marsh, M.D.

Children and adolescents afflicted with psychiatric illness are at particularly high risk for becoming part of the juvenile justice system. More than two thirds of justice-involved youth have psychiatric disorders (Abram et al., 2003; Shufelt & Cocozza, 2006; Teplin et al., 2002). Given the involvement of the legal system, youth being separated from families, and a host of other factors, mental health service delivery in a juvenile detention facility poses unique challenges. This article focuses on an overview of the problems commonly encountered in this setting. A clinical vignette will be used to highlight key points. The role and significance of trauma, common psychiatric disorders, and relevant medication rationale will be explored.

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