Youth offending - JSNA

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It is well established that young offenders are a vulnerable group, with complex psychosocial and physical health needs (Bailey, 1999; Anderson et al., 2004).

Health outcomes in later life include an increased risk of medical problems, sexually  transmitted disease, tobacco or substance dependence, poorer self-reported health,  lower body mass index, mental health problems and disorders such as depression, and early pregnancy in females (Bardone et al., 1998).

Studies of young offenders have also established high rates of significant ill-health and injuries (Dolan et al., 1999; Rutter and Giller, 1984), infectious and parasitic diseases, poisoning and respiratory problems (Andre et al., 1994) substance and alcohol misuse (Goldson,  2000).

Co-morbid psychiatric disorders have been established in different cultural groups (Papageorgiou and Vostanis, 2000), while substance misuse predicts a greater risk of co-occurring mental health problems (Kessler et al.,1995; Randall et al., 1999).

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