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Young offenders, maltreatment, and trauma: a pilot study

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posted on 2017-01-01, 00:00 authored by Catia Malvaso, Andrew Day, Sharon Casey, R Carrado
Although a large number of studies offer consistent and persuasive evidence that exposure to childhood maltreatment and subsequent juvenile offending behaviours are related, relatively few studies have investigated the mechanisms by which maltreatment might increase risk in young offender populations. The aim of this pilot study was to collate data on the key areas of need from 28 young male offenders in secure care in an Australian jurisdiction, with a specific focus on the inter-relationship between scores on self-report measures of maltreatment,
trauma, and mental health. The findings provide preliminary evidence that these key constructs are linked to other proximal risk factors for juvenile offending, such as poor anger regulation and antisocial thinking patterns. They offer a rationale for considering the sequelae of maltreatment in the development of service delivery frameworks for young offenders.

History

Journal

Psychiatry, psychology and law

Volume

24

Issue

3

Pagination

458 - 469

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1321-8719

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law