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Title: Incarcerating juveniles in adult prisons as a factor in depression
Authors: Ng, I.Y.H. 
Shen, X.
Sim, H.
Sarri, R.C.
Stoffregen, E.
Shook, J.J.
Issue Date: Feb-2011
Citation: Ng, I.Y.H., Shen, X., Sim, H., Sarri, R.C., Stoffregen, E., Shook, J.J. (2011-02). Incarcerating juveniles in adult prisons as a factor in depression. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health 21 (1) : 21-34. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background While existing research has shown higher prevalence of depression among incarcerated youths compared with non-incarcerated youths, none has studied incarceration as a cause of depression. Aims/hypothesis This study suggests that incarceration, in particular placement of youths in adult incarceration, is a factor in developing depression. Method A records based comparison of depression among youths in different types of incarceration with non-incarcerated youths, controlling for other predictors of depression, namely offence type, family poverty, parents' history of incarceration and demographic profile. Results Youths in adult placements were significantly more likely to be depressed than youths in juvenile placements and community-based youths. Conclusion and implications The findings suggest that there are mental health implications against incarcerating youths in adult prisons, a concern that current juvenile justice might not have considered adequately. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Source Title: Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health
ISSN: 09579664
DOI: 10.1002/cbm.783
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