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This study used archival data to examine adult charges and court outcomes for 82 individuals who had been treated in public mental health programs as adolescents. Subjects' clinical records from their adolescent day treatment (18 percent), residential (23 percent) or hospital program (58 percent) were reviewed for sociodemographics, clinical diagnosis, treatment variables, significant history, and family configuration. Review of information from criminal offender records found that subjects had a total of 117 arraignments and 352 charges. Male gender, clinical record of court involvement, and younger age of admission to treatment were significant and correctly classified 79.3 percent of court involvement cases. Subjects were most likely to be charged at age 18, with most of the charges coming between ages 17-20. The most common group of charges were for serious property offenses followed by serious offenses on persons. Charged subjects did not contest or were found guilty of 77 percent of all charges and 38 percent of charged individuals were sentenced to some prison time. Findings indicate that many youth served in intensive public mental health programs will have significant adult corrections involvement. (Contains references.) (DB)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, Age Differences, Criminal Law, Criminals, Cultural Context, Demography, Emotional Disturbances, Family Characteristics, Incidence, Males, Mental Health Programs, Predictor Variables, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, Social Influences

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Autor: Davis, Maryann; Cooper, Deborah K.


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