Self-reported strengths and difficulties in Swedish young offenders in community-based rehabilitative programmes
(English)In: Child & Youth Care Forum, ISSN 1053-1890Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Mental health was investigated in a representative group of Swedish male offenders, 15-17 years of age, referred to community based rehabilitative programmes (n=188). Self -report scores of the Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) were compared to those of a norm group, for the entire sample and for three subgroups with different levels of antisocial behaviour. The young offenders reported elevated levels of total difficulties, conduct problems and hyperactivity/inattention, significantly more scores in the clinical range and more negative impact on everyday life. The heterogeneity was substantial, and the subgroup with the most extensive history of antisocial behaviour was largely responsible for the overall results. Screening for mental health should be part of routine assessment, particularly in youths with extensive histories of antisocial behaviour.
Juvenile offenders, juvenile justice, psychological adjustment, SDQ
Research subject Clinical Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42461OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-42461DiVA: diva2:346496