Ethnic Variation of Self-reported Psychopathology Among Incarcerated Youth
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Research on ethnic minority populations has shown them to be undertreated, underdiagnosed and perceived as more psychopathological in comparison to the Caucasian population. This study aimed to assess ethnic variation of self-perceived psychopathology in a population of incarcerated youths. The Youth Self-Report (YSR) was completed by 5964 incarcerated adolescents (95% male; mean age = 16.5) in the California Youth Authority (CYA) system. Overall, ethnic minorities (African-Americans and Hispanics) self-report lower levels of psychiatric problems than Caucasians. These differences were more pronounced in males than females. Further research is needed to better ascertain the reasons for these differences.
Keywordsdelinquency ethnicity psychopathology gender
The authors wish to thank Mónica M. Pacheco and Elizabeth Cauffman for their input into the research for this paper. This research was supported by grants from The California Wellness Foundation–Violence Prevention Initiative and the National Institute of Justice to Dr. Steiner. The authors would also like to thank our collaborators from the California Youth Authority for their valuable help and contributions.
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