Distinguishing Between Higher and Lower Risk Youth Offenders: Applications for Practice

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The article presents information on a study which focused on the systematic assessment of youth offenders in a residential treatment program to distinguish their higher and lower risk for mental health and delinquency-related problems. It provides a review of literature relating to the recognized risk factors associated with teenagers who offend. It also describes the development of a comprehensive risk assessment process that includes self-report and clinical assessment measures. It also discusses the implications for clinical work with offending teenagers.

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