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Handbook of Juvenile Forensic Psychology and Psychiatry

  • Elena L. Grigorenko

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Dana Shoenberg
    Pages 1-9
  3. Baptiste Barbot, Scott R. Hunter
    Pages 11-34
  4. Kimberly Kempf-Leonard
    Pages 53-67
  5. Charles L. Scott, Matthew Soulier
    Pages 83-92
  6. Susan Bouregy, John F. Chapman, Elena L. Grigorenko
    Pages 127-144
  7. Cynthia Morgan-D’Atrio
    Pages 169-200
  8. Mary Alice Conroy
    Pages 227-238
  9. Faye S. Taxman, Sara Debus-Sherrill, Carolyn A. Watson
    Pages 281-296

About this book


Juvenile justice centers have a long tradition as an unfortunate stop for young offenders who need mental health care. Reports estimate that as many as 70% of the youth in detention centers meet criteria for mental health disorders. As juvenile justice systems once again turn their focus from confinement to rehabilitation, mental health providers have major opportunities to inform and improve both practice and policy.

The Handbook of Juvenile Forensic Psychology and Psychiatry explores these opportunities by emphasizing a developmental perspective, multifaceted assessment, and evidence-based practice in working with juvenile offenders. This comprehensive volume provides insights at virtually every intersection of mental health practice and juvenile justice, covering areas as wide-ranging as special populations, sentencing issues, educational and pharmacological interventions, family involvement, ethical issues, staff training concerns, and emerging challenges. Together, its chapters contain guidelines not only for changing the culture of detention but also preventing detention facilities from being the venue of choice in placing troubled youth.

Key issues addressed in the Handbook include:

  • Developmental risks for delinquency.
  • Race and sex disparities in juvenile justice processing.
  • Establishing standards of practice in juvenile forensic mental health assessment.
  • Serving dually diagnosed youth in the juvenile justice system.
  • PTSD among court-involved youth.
  • Female juvenile offenders.
  • Juvenile sex offenders.

The Handbook of Juvenile Forensic Psychology and Psychiatry is an essential reference for researchers, professors, allied clinicians and professionals, and policy makers across multiple fields, including child and school psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry, developmental psychology, criminology, juvenile justice, forensic psychology, neuropsychology, social work, and education.


Abuse At-risk children At-risk families Child abuse Child neglect Civil law Community policing Community programs Competence Conduct problems Correctional facilities Corrections programming Court hearings Criminal law Delinquents Deviance Disabilities Drug abuse Dual diagnosis Educational services Ethical considerations Etiology Evaluation Evidence-based interventions Expert evaluations Female juvenile offenders Forensic assessment Forensic psychiatry Forensic psychology Gangs Genetic predispositions Health services Incarcerated youth Incarceration Judicial system Jurisdictional authority Juveniles Mental health services Miranda warnings Neglect Neuropsychology Offenders PTSD Peer influence Pharmacological treatments Population demographics Posttraumatic stress disorder Prevention Psychiatric disorders Psychiatric services Psychopathy Psychosocial maturity Reentry services Rehabilitation Risk assessment School violence Sentencing guidelines Services Sex offenders Special needs Standards of care Standards of practice Substance abuse Suicidal ideation Suicide Treatment Victims Violence risk assessment Vocational services

Editors and affiliations

  • Elena L. Grigorenko
    • 1
  1. 1.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

About the editors

Dr. Elena L. Grigorenko received her Ph.D. in general psychology from Moscow State University, Russia, in 1990, and her Ph.D. in developmental psychology and genetics from Yale University, New Haven, CT, in 1996. Currently, Dr. Grigorenko is Associate Professor of Child Studies, Psychology, and Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale. Dr. Grigorenko has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and books. She has received awards for her work from five different divisions of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 1, 7, 10, 15, and 24); she also won the APA Distinguished Award for Early Career Contribution to Developmental Psychology. Dr. Grigorenko has worked with children and their families in the U.S. as well as in Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar, the Gambia, and Zambia), India, and Russia. Her research has been funded by the NIH, NSF, DOE, Cure Autism Now, the Foundation for Child Development, the American Psychological Foundation, and other federal and private sponsoring organizations.

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