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Impact of Mental Health Screening with the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument (MAYSI-2) in Juvenile Detention
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • Valerie F. Williams, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Thomas Grisso, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry
Date
1-1-2008
Document Type
Conference Proceeding
Medical Subject Headings
Juvenile Delinquency; Adolescent; Mental Disorders; Psychological Tests; Massachusetts
Abstract
Citation: Williams, V., & Grisso, T. (2008). Impact of Mental Health Screening with the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument (MAYSI-2) in Juvenile Detention. In C. Newman, C. Liberton, K. Kutash, and R. Friedman (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th Annual Research Conference, A System of Care for Children’s Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base. Tampa, FL: University of South Florida, Florida Mental Health Institute, Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health. Link to conference website Introduction: Recent evidence suggests that the prevalence of mental health disorders among youth entering juvenile pretrial detention centers is two to three times higher than youths in the general population (Teplin, Abram, McClelland, Dulcan & Mericle, 2002). Within the past five years, mental health screening upon entry to a juvenile justice facility has become standard practice across the nation. We know more about the validity and reliability of mental health screening tools used in this context than we do about the factors that facilitate their implementation. If tools are not implemented properly, their adequate validity is virtually lost. Effective screening procedures require attention to how screening instruments are put into place and how they actually function within juvenile justice facilities. Introduced in 2000, the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument—Second Version (MAYSI-2; Grisso & Barnum, 2006) is now the most widely used mental health screening tool in juvenile justice secure facilities in the United States.
Citation Information
Valerie F. Williams and Thomas Grisso. "Impact of Mental Health Screening with the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument (MAYSI-2) in Juvenile Detention" (2008)
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