Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: A Critical Appraisal

  • Tina Maschi
  • Matt Stimmel
  • Keith Morgen
  • Sandy Gibson
  • Areen O’Mary


In conclusion, the body of research reviewed makes an important contribution to our understanding of trauma among juvenile justice populations. Based on this review, we have offered a critical appraisal and recommendations for future empirical studies on trauma and PTSD among youth in the juvenile justice system. Continued research in this area is imperative for improving practices with this vulnerable population of youth who often are not only misunderstood, but misdiagnosed. The information garnered from research in this area can be used to inform the development or improvement of assessment and intervention efforts for this population. Future research in this area also can be used to develop reform policy and programming that strikes a balance in the justice system that addresses juveniles’ accountability for their offenses, but also treatment when they have been victims.


Ptsd Symptom Juvenile Justice Trauma Exposure Violence Exposure Juvenile Offender 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tina Maschi
    • 1
  • Matt Stimmel
    • 1
  • Keith Morgen
    • 1
  • Sandy Gibson
    • 1
  • Areen O’Mary
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Social ServiceFordham UniversityNew YorkUSA

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