Treating Detained Juveniles: Measuring Mental Health Traits and Gender Differences

Todd L. Grande, Janelle M. Hallman, Lee A. Underwood, Mark Rehfuss


An understanding of gender-specific differences between detained male and female youth and how these differences relate to mental health is fundamental to understanding, assessing, and treating this population. This study examined the prevalence of mental health symptoms among a sample of 4,015 incarcerated juveniles who were assessed at intake using the BASC-2, MAYSI-2, and Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children. Significant differences were found between males and females on many of the instruments’ clinical scales, the effect size, however, was small. The prevalence of mental health symptoms varied greatly based on the instrument used (12% and 70% for males; 18% and 72% for females). Interpretations of these results and how they can be used to enhance understanding and treatment of the mental health needs of this population, specifically the females, are discussed.

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Review of European Studies   ISSN 1918-7173 (Print)   ISSN 1918-7181 (Online)

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