Young offenders, maltreatment, and trauma: a pilot study

Malvaso, Catia, Day, Andrew, Casey, Sharon, and Corrado, Ray (2017) Young offenders, maltreatment, and trauma: a pilot study. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 24 (3). pp. 458-469.

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Abstract

Although a large number of studies offer consistent and persuasive evidence that exposure to childhood maltreatment and subsequent juvenile offending behaviours are related, relatively few studies have investigated the mechanisms by which maltreatment might increase risk in young offender populations. The aim of this pilot study was to collate data on the key areas of need from 28 young male offenders in secure care in an Australian jurisdiction, with a specific focus on the inter-relationship between scores on self-report measures of maltreatment, trauma, and mental health. The findings provide preliminary evidence that these key constructs are linked to other proximal risk factors for juvenile offending, such as poor anger regulation and antisocial thinking patterns. They offer a rationale for considering the sequelae of maltreatment in the development of service delivery frameworks for young offenders.

Item ID: 47731
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: maltreatment, mental health, trauma, young offenders
ISSN: 1934-1687
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 01:47
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170104 Forensic Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services @ 100%
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