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Editorial
April 5, 2021

The Importance of Longitudinal Treatment Engagement for Youths in the Juvenile Justice System

Author Affiliations
  • 1Adolescent Behavioral Health Research Program, Department of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
  • 2Adolescent Behavioral Health Research Program, Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
JAMA Pediatr. Published online April 5, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.5820

The burden of psychiatric disorders on an individual’s life is substantial. Not only does a psychiatric disorder affect a person’s mood, but the presence of a psychiatric disorder plays a role in virtually every area of an individual’s life, including romantic and social relationships as well as educational and job opportunities. The presence of psychiatric disorders in vulnerable populations is exacerbated by involvement in the justice system. The Northwestern Juvenile Project has been an invaluable source for researchers, clinicians, and advocates to understand how the course of adolescent development is impacted by justice system involvement, particularly among youths with psychiatric disorders.

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