Identifying strategies to change the negative trajectory of youth with mental health disorders in the juvenile justice system. 2009-11

The overrepresentation of African American and Latino youth in the juvenile justice system is just one indicator of the challenge to positive development faced by these youth. Poor mental health status can further compromise the experience in the juvenile justice system for African American and Latino youth. This study aims to promote mental health and decrease the likelihood of negative pathways for African American and Latino youth who are juvenile offenders. The study will identify criminal offenses and mental health disorders to be targeted and ascertain typologies of communities that could effectively meet the needs of juvenile offenders using prevention and intervention approaches. A structural ecosystems theory serves as the conceptual model for the study. Historical data -- including information on demographics, mental health screening scores, and criminal offenses -- from a Midwestern detention center will comprise the data source for the study.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $74,999.00

Awarded on: 5/11/2009

Time frame: 6/15/2009 - 6/30/2010

Grant Number: 66320


Boston College Graduate School of Social Work

McGuinn Hall, Room 600
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, 02467-3807


Henrika McCoy
Project Director