Behavioral Health and the Juvenile Justice System

  • Richard DemboEmail author
  • Jessica Faber
  • Jennifer Cristiano
  • Ralph J. DiClemente
  • Asha Terminello


This chapter describes a case study conducted within an innovative juvenile assessment facility that examined the relationships among depression, age, race/ethnicity, age at first arrest, drug involvement, and sexual behaviors among youth in the criminal justice system. After a thorough discussion of the results, implications for larger services and practices are presented.


Behavioral health Juvenile justice system Drugs Sexual behavior Arrested youth 



The authors are grateful for the support of the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Central Florida Behavioral Care Network and thank Ms. Julie Krupa for helping in preparing the tables for this manuscript and editing the references.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Dembo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jessica Faber
    • 2
  • Jennifer Cristiano
    • 2
  • Ralph J. DiClemente
    • 3
    • 4
  • Asha Terminello
    • 2
  1. 1.Criminology DepartmentUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc.TampaUSA
  3. 3.Emory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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