Psychiatric Disorders May Persist After Youngsters Leave Juvenile Detention.

HealthDay (10/2, Preidt) reports, “Five years after being released from juvenile detention, more than 45 percent of males and nearly 30 percent of females still had psychiatric disorders,” according to a study published online Oct. 1 in the Archives of General Psychiatry. For the study, researchers “initially interviewed nearly 1,200 males and more than 650 females, aged 10 to 18, while they were at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago. The participants were interviewed again as many as four times and up to five years later.”

MedPage Today (10/2, Petrochko) reports, “Former female prisoners had higher rates of major depression (adjusted odds ratio 1.59, 95% CI 1.22 to 2.08), while former male prisoners had higher rates of substance use disorders (aOR 2.61, 95% CI 1.96 to 3.47),” researchers found. “The study was supported from grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health…the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, [and] the NIH,” among others.

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— “Psychiatric Disorders Often Persist in Juvenile Offenders, “Robert Preidt, HealthDay, October 1, 2012.

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