Study: Functional Impairment Common Among Youth in Detention

Dec 11, 2013, 11:17 ET from Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Approximately one in five youth in detention had markedly impaired social and emotional functioning, according to a new bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

In Functional Impairment in Delinquent Youth, researchers examined the day-to-day social, psychiatric and academic difficulties, including moods and emotions, patterns of substance use and self-harmful behavior or intent of youth participating in a long-term study of 1,829 juvenile detainees in Cook County, Ill. The authors found that a significant portion of the youth in their study had long-term functional impairment in several areas requiring comprehensive services delivered over an extended period of time. 

This bulletin is the third in a series on the findings of the Northwestern Juvenile Project, a longitudinal study of the mental health needs and outcomes of juvenile detainees.

TITLE: Functional Impairment in Delinquent Youth

AUTHORS:    Karen M. Abram, Jeanne Y. Choe, Jason J. Washburn, Erin G. Romero, Linda A. Teplin, and Elena D. Bassett

PUBLISHER: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention,


The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason, provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice and assist victims. OJP has six components: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking. More information about OJP can be found at

SOURCE Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs