There is a paucity of literature relating to adolescent females who offend.
This retrospective case note study of 100 consecutive referrals of girls aged 11-17 in care to an Adolescent Forensic Mental Health Service describes a group of disturbed girls at the extreme of the continuum.
Sixty-eight girls had assaulted at least one person ; a further 10 had caused damage to objects ; 76 had deliberately harmed themselves ; 90 had behaved in a way which was against the law in the 6 months prior to assessment, although only 42 had been charged with an offence.
The referrers only correctly documented violent and aggressive behaviours in 54% of cases.
Eleven girls had ever been statemented as having special educational needs.
Seventy-one had been abused in some way, the majority having been multiply abused.
Of the violent girls, 50% had misused substances.
More abused girls had been violent to objects (49.3%) or set fires (21.1%), A high number of deliberately self-harming girls had a mental illness (13.6%), and a significantly high number of deliberately self-harming girls misused substances (50%) and had been sexually abused (53.9%). Areas for future research are discussed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Délinquance juvénile, Utilisation, Service santé, Santé mentale, Psychiatrie médicolégale, Royaume Uni, Europe, Adolescent, Homme, Femelle, Trouble comportement social
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Juvenile delinquency, Use, Health service, Mental health, Forensic psychiatry, United Kingdom, Europe, Adolescent, Human, Female, Social behavior disorder
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0530180
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 23/03/1999.