A Study of Criminal History among Young Adults with Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in Psychiatry Outpatient

David Carlsen-Landy, Coy Bolton, Regina Baronia, Terry McMahon, Eneko Larumbe, Thomas F. McGovern

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    Abstract

    The goal of this study was to examine risk/protective factors to criminality in an adolescent population. Retrospective chart review was utilized to gather data on psychiatric history, substance use, and criminality among adolescent patients within a psychiatric outpatient clinic at a university school of medicine. An earlier age of psychiatric diagnosis and comorbid substance use was found to be a marked risk factor for criminality, whereas female gender and education were shown to be protective factors. These findings can aid in intervention strategies targeted at adolescents who are most at risk for criminality.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)346-355
    Number of pages10
    JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
    Volume38
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jul 2 2020

    Keywords

    • Youth
    • arrest
    • criminality
    • incarceration
    • justice system
    • mental illness
    • substance use

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