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1145

The Influence of Adolescent Psychiatric Disorder on Young Adult Recidivism

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Credit Value: 2
Exam Questions: 20
Passing Grade: 15 correct
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Course Description:

This course is based upon material published in the journal Criminal Justice and Behavior by Sage Publications on behalf of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP).  This course, including the continuing education credits are offered free of charge as a benefit to all IACFP members. 

 

Abstract: This study examined the influence of adolescent psychiatric disorder on young adult recidivism and compared findings with earlier studies of juvenile recidivism. Logistic regression analysis examined subsequent adulthood recidivism (through age 23 years) by disorder profile, adjusting for prior offense severity and background variables, in 340 Alabama juveniles referred to juvenile justice agencies (probation and detention). Youths with comorbid internalizing and disruptive behavior disorder had a sixfold increased risk for young adult recidivism compared with nondisordered counterparts. Comorbid internalizing disorder likely is a marker for the severity of a youth’s disruptive behavior disorder; similarly, offending that continues into adulthood likely betokens a more serious course of offending behavior. The severity underlying disorder and offending behavior is probably the common link between them. To prevent reoffending into adulthood, the mental health needs of juvenile justice youths’ internalizing and externalizing problems should be addressed.

 

Forensic and clinical psychologists can benefit from this course.  In addition, this course is appropriate for social workers and professional counselors, especially those interested in forensic psychology or those who work within the criminal justice system. This course is appropriate for intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge of the influence of psychiatric disorders in adolescence on adult recidivism.

 

Authors: Hoeve, McReynolds and Wasserman

 

Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding the influence of psychiatric disorders in adolescence on adult recidivism.  Specifically, a professional will:

  • Identify the relationship between psychiatric disorders in adolescence and adult recidivism
  • Distinguish the levels of increased risk of recidivism in adulthood by disorders diagnosed in adolescence
  • Describe the common link between adolescent psychiatric disorders and adult recidivism
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