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Forensic assessment of juvenile delinquents: prevalence of psychopathology and decision-making at court in the netherlands.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10837106     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Dutch juvenile criminal law, concerning minors between 12 and 18 years old, is marked by its pedagogical character. In cases of serious psychosocial problems or psychiatric disorders, the juvenile court may request a forensic examination in order to be able to impose a measure of restraint. This study was aimed at investigating to what extent the juvenile criminal law achieves the aim enhancing professional help in those cases for which such assistance is indicated. One hundred and eight juveniles who were brought before the court were assessed multidisciplinarily. Sixty-five per cent of the youngsters were qualified for 'definite caseness'. For less than half of them a forensic assessment was ordered by the court. In conclusion, young delinquents should be screened for psychiatric disorders more adequately as soon as they are taken into custody.
T A Doreleijers; F Moser; P Thijs; H van Engeland; F H Beyaert
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of adolescence     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0140-1971     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adolesc     Publication Date:  2000 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-08-17     Completed Date:  2000-08-17     Revised Date:  2009-11-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7808986     Medline TA:  J Adolesc     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  263-75     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2000 The Association for Professionals in Services for Adolescents.
Vrije Universiteit, P.O. Box 303, 1115 ZG Duivendrecht, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Decision Making*
Forensic Psychiatry*
Juvenile Delinquency / psychology*
Mental Disorders / diagnosis*,  psychology*

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