The Plight of Latino Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: Considerations for Mental Health Treatment



Latino youth are disproportionately represented at each point in the juvenile justice system, and receive harsher treatment than non-Latino White youth, even when charged with the same offenses. This chapter explores how mental health and trauma contribute to the overrepresentation of Latino youth in the juvenile justice system, and analyzes the infrastructure in which mental health services are delivered to this population. Recommended solutions point to the need for courts, facilities, and service providers to use culturally and linguistically competent approaches when serving Latino youth and their families.


Mental Health Mental Health Service Mental Health Issue Juvenile Justice Acculturative Stress 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle M. Weemhoff
    • 1
  • Francisco A. Villarruel
    • 2
  1. 1.Michigan Council on Crime and DelinquencyLansing MIUSA
  2. 2.Michigan State UniversityMUSA

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