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Assessing ADM Disorder Among Juvenile Detainees

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $923,690)

This project will continue the ongoing OJJDP-funded study of alcohol, drug, and mental disorders (ADM) in juvenile detainees. The sample includes 1829 delinquent youth 10 to 18 years old at their baseline interview, recruited between November 1995 and June 1998. The sample is stratified by race/ethnicity, age, gender, and legal status. This longitudinal study examines: (a) ADM Service Needs. The study assesses persistence and changes in ADM disorders, comorbidity, associated functional impairments, and related risk and protective factors; (b) Barriers, Pathways and Patterns of Service Use. The study also assess if and when juveniles who need ADM services receive them after their cases reach disposition, and from which service sectors; (c) Pathways and Patterns of Risky Behaviors. The development and antecedents of drug use, violence, and HIV/AIDS risk behaviors are assessed as well.

The study will reinterview the original sample, whether they are in the community or incarcerated. Caretakers of youth under 18 are also interviewed. The sample is large enough to allow the study of rarer disorders and important subgroups (e.g., females, Hispanics), and investigate how ADM disorders and risky behaviors develop over time. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 22, 2008