Depression in Justice-involved Youth.

Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th Street, STOP 8103, Lubbock, TX 79430, USA. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Justice-involved youth are at exceedingly high risk of trauma exposure, multisystem involvement, and mental health distress, including depression. Justice-involved youth carry with them both a high symptom burden and a high cost to society. Both could be reduced through evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies. Effective treatment of mental disorders may reduce future justice involvement, whereas lack of treatment increases likelihood of justice involvement into adulthood. Multiple effective programs exist to improve the lives of justice-involved youth and subsequently decrease the cost to society of detaining and adjudicating these youth within the juvenile justice system.

Keywords

Depression,Justice-involved youth,Juvenile justice,Treatment,