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Am J Public Health. 2005 Jan;95(1):131-7.

Gender differences in psychiatric disorders at juvenile probation intake.

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Center for Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice, Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 78, New York, NY 10032, USA. wassermg@childpsych.columbia.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We identified gender differences in psychiatric disorders among youths at probation intake.

METHODS:

We measured disorders with the Voice Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children among 991 randomly selected youths (200 girls) at probation intake in 8 Texas counties. Logistic regression analyses predicted diagnostic clusters by gender, adjusting for demographics and offense characteristics.

RESULTS:

Demographic and offense characteristics explained small but interpretable and specific variance in diagnostic profile. Girls' rates of anxiety and affective disorders were higher than boys' (odds ratios = 0.59 and 0.32, respectively). Girls with violent offenses, compared with other groups, were 3 to 5 times as likely to report anxiety disorders.

CONCLUSIONS:

Among youths with conduct problems, girls demonstrated an elevated risk for co-occurring anxiety or affective disorder.

PMID:
15623873
PMCID:
PMC1449865
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2003.024737
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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