Juvenile Corrections Essay

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Assessing for Conduct Disorder Features/Traits in Juvenile Forensic Populations In juvenile forensic populations, it is important to assess for conduct disorder features to identify the behaviors that exceed what is considered to be normal behaviors. The diagnosis of conduct disorder is based on the repetitive and persistent patterns of behaviors that involve such symptomology of aggression to others or violation of age-appropriate societal norms such as running away and truancy (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). In regards to the DSM-IV, conduct disorder among juveniles should present at least 3 out of the 15 criteria over a period of 12 months and at least one criterion presented within the last six months (American Psychiatric Association, …show more content…
One of the assessments is the Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth (SAVRY) that could assist the staff and psychologists in determining the appropriate sanctions and juvenile‚Äôs risk levels and factors for appropriate treatment (Frick, 2004). In determining the underlying factors, the assessment could provide an individualized approach to interventions that may be more effective than just placing the individual in treatment or on medications prior to investigating the symptomology (Frick, 2004).This assessment can determine if there is a likelihood of conduct disorder present that could be relevant in understanding the juveniles past, present, and potential underlying mental illnesses that may occur upon maturity (Sharp, 2008). This could also assist in determining whether the juvenile could remain in juvenile courts or be placed in an adult court based on the assessment and the crime that was committed (Frick, …show more content…
The assessment and evaluation upon arrest can determine whether or not the juvenile is competent to stand trial and or could plead insanity when the crime was committed (Frick, 2004). The results can result in identifying whether or not the juvenile was suffering from mental illnesses that affected them at the time of the criminal act or if they were deemed competent to stand trial. A second instance the use of assessments could assist the defense within a trial to identify psychopathic traits the juvenile exhibits while defining them during a trial process (Dodge, 2010). A psychologist conducting an assessment may determine the behaviors may have been attributed from underlying abuse or neglect the juvenile has experienced during their childhood (Dodge, 2010). The results could lead a jury to believe that the child is displaying the psychopathic traits due to past neglect or abuse that may have occurred causing these behaviors to be present (Dodge,

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