Dealing with Double Jeopardy: Mental Health Disorders Among Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

  • Emily G. Marston
  • Mike A. Russell
  • Ingrid Obsuth
  • Gillian K. Watson


Youth within the juvenile justice system consistently show higher rates of mental health disorders when compared to normative populations (Otto et al. 1992; Vermeiren 2003). According to one of the most comprehensive epidemiological studies of detained adolescents (Males = 1,172; Females = 657), as many as two-thirds of males and three-quarters of females meet criteria for one or more psychiatric disorders (Teplin et al. 2002). Although prevalence rates of mental health disorders tend to vary across samples, they remain consistently high in juvenile justice populations, ranging from 50–100% (Dixon et al. 2004; Lederman et al. 2004; Teplin et al. 2002), and stand in stark contrast to the significantly lower prevalence rates of psychopathology among normative populations of adolescents (15%: Roberts et al. 1998).


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Major Depressive Disorder Conduct Disorder Generalize Anxiety Disorder Major Depressive Episode 
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This research was supported by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (# 54020 and #84567) and the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice. The authors thank Principal Investigator Dr. Marlene Moretti and Co-Investigators Drs. Candice Odgers and Dick Reppucci, the Gender and Aggression Research Team-Virginia Site (Mandi Burnette, Preeti Chauhan, and Barbara Oudekerk), those at the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice that supported this research (Drs. Dennis Waite, Dale Schulz, and Molly Alcott), and the young women who participated in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emily G. Marston
    • 1
  • Mike A. Russell
    • 2
  • Ingrid Obsuth
    • 3
  • Gillian K. Watson
    • 3
  1. 1.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaIrvineUSA
  3. 3.Simon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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