Journal article

High impulsivity as a risk factor for the development of internalizing disorders in detained juvenile offenders

Jiansong Zhou, Katrina Witt, Chen Chen, Simei Zhang, Yingdong Zhang, Changjian Qiu, Liping Cao, Xiaoping Wang

COMPREHENSIVE PSYCHIATRY | W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Whilst impulsivity is most commonly linked to the development of internalizing disorders, high levels of impulsivity, anxiety, and depression have been found in detained juvenile offenders. We therefore sought to determine whether impulsivity is associated with the development of self-reported anxiety or depression in a sample of detained juvenile offenders. METHODS: 323 male juvenile offenders and 86 typically developing controls, aged 15-17 were assessed. The Schedule for Affective Disorder and Schizophrenia for School-Age Children Present and Lifetime (SADS-PL) was used to assess psychiatric diagnoses, the Barratt Impulsivity Scale (BIS-11) was used to measure impulsivity, and..

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