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The process and systems for juveniles and young persons

Authored by: Sue Bailey , Bill Kerslake

Handbook of Forensic Mental Health

Print publication date:  March  2008
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9781843922629
eBook ISBN: 9780203118276
Adobe ISBN: 9781136308802

10.4324/9780203118276.ch4

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Abstract

Both rates of mental disorders and offending are high during adolescence. This chapter reviews the prevalence rates of mental disorders in young offenders, the screening and assessment of juveniles, and the principles of interventions with young offenders. It then goes on to describe the principles of forensic mental health, policy and practice, how mental disorders in adolescence can impact on offending and antisocial behaviour, how policy is shaping practice in this field and how mental health practitioners may be involved in meeting mental health needs and undertaking medico-legal assessments.

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