Psychiatric Disorders Persist Among Adults Arrested as Youth

Psychiatric Disorders Persist Among Adults Arrested as Youth

For their study, investigators used data from the Northwestern Juvenile Project to assess and track 13 psychiatric disorders among 16,372 people detained in juvenile centers as teenagers. Males were three times more likely than females to experience persistent psychiatric disorders. White adults were more likely to have these disorders than Black and Latino adults despite minorities being disproportionately incarcerated. Overall, young people with untreated psychiatric disorders not only struggled with their mental health but also faced difficulties securing a proper education and maintaining stable relationships, employment and housing. For related coverage, read “Mental Health Visits to Emergency Rooms on the Rise Among Youth” and “Half of Kids With Behavioral Health Issues Don’t Receive Help.”

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