Youths who entered the juvenile justice system.

Author:Gormsen, Lia
Position:Inter Alia - Brief article

Youths who entered the juvenile justice system were nearly seven times more likely to be arrested for crimes as adults compared with youths who had similar histories of bad behavior but avoided judicial involvement, a study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry found. The 20-year study, "Iatrogenic Effect of Juvenile Justice," tracked the arrest records of 779 low-income youths in Montreal. Researchers annually interviewed the youths from age 10 to 17, as well as their parents, classmates and teachers. "The more intense the help given by the juvenile justice system, the greater was its negative impact," said study co-author Richard Tremblay.

Youths who entered the juvenile justice system briefly--for example, being sentenced to community service, with limited exposure to other troubled youths--were twice as likely to be...

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