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Mental health problems and recidivism among detained male adolescents from various ethnic origins

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This study examines differences in self-reported mental health problems between detained youths from Dutch, Moroccan, and Surinamese origin and the usefulness of mental health problems to predict violent and property recidivism in these juveniles. A sample of 296 detained boys aged between 12 and 18 years were assessed by means of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). Official information regarding criminal history and recidivism was collected 3-6 years later. In general, Dutch youths and Surinamese youths reported more conduct problems than Moroccan youths, while Dutch youths also reported more hyperactivity than Surinamese youths. Mental health problems were not predictive of violent recidivism in any of the ethnic groups, while being related with property recidivism in Dutch and Surinamese youths. The current study showed that Moroccan youths present themselves on the SDQ as a less seriously disturbed group of youths than their Dutch and Surinamese counterparts. Our results also clearly showed that SDQ self-report scores are not predictive of future violent crimes in any of the three ethnic groups. Implications of the findings and limitations of the current study are discussed.
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DIFFICULTIES QUESTIONNAIRE SDQ, PSYCHIATRIC-DISORDERS, JUVENILE, DETENTION, CRIMINAL RECIDIVISM, INCARCERATED YOUTH, RISK-FACTOR, PSYCHOPATHOLOGY, STRENGTHS, JUSTICE, SAMPLE, Psychopathology, Antisocial, Delinquent, Risk assessment, Ethnicity

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Colins, Olivier et al. “Mental Health Problems and Recidivism Among Detained Male Adolescents from Various Ethnic Origins.” EUROPEAN CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY 22.8 (2013): 481–490. Print.
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Colins, O., Boonmann, C., Veenstra, J., van Domburgh, L., Buffing, F., Doreleijers, T. A. H., & Vermeiren, R. R. J. M. (2013). Mental health problems and recidivism among detained male adolescents from various ethnic origins. EUROPEAN CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY, 22(8), 481–490.
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Colins, Olivier, Cyril Boonmann, Jorien Veenstra, Lieke van Domburgh, Frank Buffing, Theo A. H. Doreleijers, and Robert R. J. M. Vermeiren. 2013. “Mental Health Problems and Recidivism Among Detained Male Adolescents from Various Ethnic Origins.” European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 22 (8): 481–490.
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Colins, Olivier, Cyril Boonmann, Jorien Veenstra, Lieke van Domburgh, Frank Buffing, Theo A. H. Doreleijers, and Robert R. J. M. Vermeiren. 2013. “Mental Health Problems and Recidivism Among Detained Male Adolescents from Various Ethnic Origins.” European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 22 (8): 481–490.
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Colins O, Boonmann C, Veenstra J, van Domburgh L, Buffing F, Doreleijers TAH, et al. Mental health problems and recidivism among detained male adolescents from various ethnic origins. EUROPEAN CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY. 2013;22(8):481–90.
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O. Colins et al., “Mental health problems and recidivism among detained male adolescents from various ethnic origins,” EUROPEAN CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY, vol. 22, no. 8, pp. 481–490, 2013.
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  author       = {{Colins, Olivier and Boonmann, Cyril and Veenstra, Jorien and van Domburgh, Lieke and Buffing, Frank and Doreleijers, Theo A. H. and Vermeiren, Robert R. J. M.}},
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  keywords     = {{DIFFICULTIES QUESTIONNAIRE SDQ,PSYCHIATRIC-DISORDERS,JUVENILE,DETENTION,CRIMINAL RECIDIVISM,INCARCERATED YOUTH,RISK-FACTOR,PSYCHOPATHOLOGY,STRENGTHS,JUSTICE,SAMPLE,Psychopathology,Antisocial,Delinquent,Risk assessment,Ethnicity}},
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  title        = {{Mental health problems and recidivism among detained male adolescents from various ethnic origins}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00787-013-0384-z}},
  volume       = {{22}},
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