Self-harm in young offenders.

The prevalence and correlates of self-harm and suicidal behavior in 515 young offenders (mean age 17.3 years, SD = 1.7) serving community-based orders (CBOs; n = 242) or custodial sentences (n = 273) in Victoria, Australia, are described. Results from structured interviews showed that 83 (16.1%) participants reported self-harming in the previous 6 months, and[…]

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. Juvenile probation staff.

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Need to know: A fact sheet series on juvenile suicide. Juvenile detention and secure care staff.

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[…]

Factors related to recidivism for youthful offenders.

Little is known about youth who were previously placed in a detention facility and what factors predict a subsequent recidivism to placement. This study of a two-county juvenile offender population (one urban and one rural) investigates what demographic, educational, mental health, substance dependence, and court-related variables predict recidivism to detention placement. Findings from logistic regression[…]

Discerning reported suicide attempts within a youthful offender population.

With suicide being the third leading cause of death among young people, early identification of risk is critical, particularly for those involved with the juvenile courts. In this study of court-involved youth (N = 433) in two Midwest counties, logistic regression analysis identified some expected and unexpected findings of important demographic, educational, mental health, child[…]