Study Links Depression and Risk Behaviors in Detained Youth

The Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center has released a new study, published in the January issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, which found that, according to Science Daily‘s summary news report, “kids who have been arrested and are depressed are more likely to use drugs and alcohol and engage in unsafe sexual activity that puts them at greater risk for HIV.” The authors recommend including depression screenings as part of the juvenile intake process to determine mental health and gauge the risk of substance abuse and contracting HIV.

“We know that symptoms of depression may be a factor that is linked to both drug and alcohol use and sexual risk-taking behaviors,” said lead author Marina Tolou-Shams. “However, juvenile offenders aren’t routinely screened for emotional difficulties, such as depression or anxiety–rather, everyone tends to focus more on their conduct or behavioral problems.” Understanding more about the links between depression and risky behaviors can help create protocols for appropriate screening, Tolou-Shams said.

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One response to “Study Links Depression and Risk Behaviors in Detained Youth

  1. Pingback:   Study Links Depression and Risk Behaviors in Detained Youth by medTRIALS.info

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