Introduction This study examines suicidal ideation and behavior of youth in the 3 months following their initial diversion appointment in the juvenile justice system. Method Participants were 99 adolescents (72.7% female; 65% racial minority) between the ages of 12 and 18 (Mage = 15.06, SD = 1.35) and a parent/caregiver (80% female; 54% racial minority; Mage = 42.7 years, SD = 8.9 years). Participants were eligible […]
Youth involved in the juvenile justice system are at elevated risk for suicide and co-occurring mental health symptoms. This study aims to examine the suicide risk and treatment needs of court-involved, non-incarcerated (CINI) youth, and to understand the acceptability and effectiveness of implementing a mental health screening procedure at time of first court contact. By […]
Feasibility and acceptability of a brief suicide intervention for youth involved with the family court
As efforts to develop models for suicide prevention and intervention in the juvenile justice (JJ) system continue to grow, research to understand the feasibility and acceptability of implementing these models is critical. Examining organizational readiness for implementation, ensuring leadership and staff buy‐in for delivering the intervention, and planning for sustainability of staff participation in implementation […]
Mental health screening data (Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument version 2 [MAYSI-2]) and offense history were used to study levels of suicidal ideation in a sample of juvenile arrestees held in a large, urban detention center located in a predominately Hispanic Southwestern U.S. city. We used t-tests and multinomial logistic regression to examine the relationships with […]
Juvenile delinquency, social background and suicide: A Swedish national cohort study of 992,881 young adults.
This study supports the hypothesis that individuals with delinquent behaviour in late adolescence have an increased risk of suicide as young adults. Regardless of causality issues, repeated juvenile offenders should be regarded by professionals in health, social and correctional services who come into contact with this group as a high-risk group for suicide. Contact us […]
Preventing juvenile suicide through improved collaboration: Strategies for mental health and juvenile justice agencies.
This paper prepared by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention presents a set of strategies for use by mental health and juvenile justice agencies aimed at preventing juvenile suicide by improving collaboration between the two systems. Current research has shown that suicide is the leading cause of death for youth in confinement, that youth […]
Guide to developing and revising suicide prevention protocols for youth in contact with the juvenile justice system.
This paper prepared by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention provides advice on developing and revising suicide prevention protocols for justice involved youth. As noted in this paper, suicide prevention efforts in the juvenile justice system need to begin at youthsÕ initial entry point into the system and continue on at every step along […]
Need to Know: A Fact Sheet Series on Juvenile Suicide was developed by the Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. The task forceÕs Public Awareness and Education Workgroup developed this series to raise awareness among individuals who work with youth involved with the […]
Incarcerated youth die by suicide at a rate two to three times higher than that of youth in the general population. In this bulletin, the authors examine suicidal thoughts and behaviors among 1,829 youth ages 10 to 18 in the Northwestern Juvenile Project, a longitudinal study of youth detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary […]
Young adult follow-up of adolescent girls in juvenile justice using the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale.
Prepared by the Youth in Contact With the Juvenile Justice System Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
Screening and assessment for suicide prevention: tools and procedures for risk identification among juvenile justice youth.