Health status of juvenile offenders. A survey of young offenders appearing before the juvenile courts

M Dolan, J Holloway, S Bailey, C Smith
Journal of Adolescence 1999, 22 (1): 137-44
This paper reports on the health needs of a sample of juvenile offenders appearing before a Manchester Court during the month of August 1992. Of the 192 subjects interviewed (74% of those listed), 19% had significant medical problems, 42% a history of substance abuse and 7% psychiatric problems requiring further treatment. Substantial numbers (26%) engaged in a variety of dangerous behaviours. Custodial remands were common (21%), particularly in those with multiple psychosocial difficulties.

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