Systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions relevant for young offenders with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or self-harm

Townsend, Ellen and Walker, Dawn-Marie and Sargeant, Sally and Vostanis, Panos and Hawton, Keith and Stocker, Olivia and Sithole, Jabulani (2009) Systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions relevant for young offenders with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or self-harm. Journal of Adolescence . ISSN 0140-1971 (In Press)

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Abstract

Background: Mood and anxiety disorders, and problems with self harm are significant and serious issues that are common in young people in the Criminal Justice System.

Aims: To examine whether interventions relevant to young offenders with mood or anxiety disorders, or problems with self harm are effective.

Method: Systematic review and meta-analysis of data from randomised controlled trials relevant to young offenders experiencing these problems.

Results: An exhaustive search of the worldwide literature (published and unpublished)yielded 10 studies suitable for inclusion in this review. Meta-analysis of data from three

studies (with a total population of 171 individuals) revealed that group-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) may help to reduce symptoms of depression in young

offenders.

Conclusions: These preliminary findings suggest that group-based CBT may be useful for young offenders with such mental health problems, but larger high quality RCTs are

now needed to bolster the evidence-base.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Young offender; Juvenile delinquent; mood disorder; anxiety disorder; attempted suicide; self harm; systematic review; interventions.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Psychiatry
University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: walker, dr dawn-marie
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2009 08:12
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2014 13:19
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/1096

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