A field study of the impact of psychotropic medication on delinquency and juvenile justice system involvement among a high risk sample of children and adolescents

At-risk youth are more likely to engage in delinquent behaviors and be involved in the juvenile justice system (JJS). Improving outcomes for such youth increasingly include long-term administration of psychotropic medications (PM). Current research addresses short-term utility of PM, but evidence is mixed regarding long-term effectiveness. Using a large, cross-national, at-risk youth sample (n = 2065), this study examined how PM influenced total delinquent behaviors in a given year, and JJS entry, over a seven-year time period. PM treatment did not significantly decrease delinquent behaviors among youth; nor prevent entry into the JJS. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.

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Work Title A field study of the impact of psychotropic medication on delinquency and juvenile justice system involvement among a high risk sample of children and adolescents
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  1. Natalie Armstrong-Hoskowitz
  2. Adam T. Schmidt
  3. Craig E. Henderson
  4. David V. Nelson
  5. Brian J. Allen
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  1. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation
Publication Date August 17, 2020
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  1. https://doi.org/10.1080/10509674.2020.1767258
Deposited November 17, 2021

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