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2009

Social Work

Adolescent mental health

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Examining The Meaning Attached To Mental Illness And Mental Health Services Among Juvenile Justice Involved Youth And Their Parents, Amy C. Watson Phd, Brian L. Kelly Phd, Theresea M. Vidalon Msw Jul 2009

Examining The Meaning Attached To Mental Illness And Mental Health Services Among Juvenile Justice Involved Youth And Their Parents, Amy C. Watson Phd, Brian L. Kelly Phd, Theresea M. Vidalon Msw

Brian L.Kelly

A large percentage of youth involved in the juvenile justice system experience mental health problems, yet many do not receive mental health care. In this study, we used a process-focused framework of mental health decision making to gain insight into the use of mental health services among these youth. In-depth interviews were conducted with nine youth and nine parents participating in a program servicing youth with mental health problems who have been in detention. Themes related to problem recognition, the decision to seek and participate in services, subjective norms, and juvenile justice system involvement emerged. Most families acknowledged their youth ...