Longitudinal study of substance abuse and anti-social behavior among serious adolescent offenders

Recent debate in the juvenile justice system has focused on what to do about serious adolescent offenders. However, there is very little data on the patterns of desistance and the effects of interventions on the trajectories of offending from adolescence to adulthood. There is even less understanding on how different sanctions affect juveniles' mental health, psychological development, or transition into adult roles. The University of Pittsburgh, as part of the MacArthur Network, is conducting a study that will follow approximately 1,200 serious adolescent offenders to identify pathway and characteristics associated with desistance and continuation of antisocial behavior. This grant supports a portion of the study devoted to an examination of the links among substance use and abuse; the receipt of drug and alcohol treatment services; and patterns of development, mental health, and criminal behavior over time. The study will provide a rich picture of how serious adolescent offenders change in late adolescence and the factors that influence these patterns of change. This project will be considered successful if the results of the study are disseminated to policy-makers and practitioners about the comorbidity of substance use problems and behavior among the most serious adolescent offenders and the access these adolescents have to appropriate services.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $739,486.00

Awarded on: 11/30/2001

Time frame: 12/1/2001 - 5/31/2005

Grant Number: 43357


University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

401 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, 15261-0001


Edward P. Mulvey
Project Director