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Girls in the juvenile justice system: leave no girl's health un-addressed.

TitleGirls in the juvenile justice system: leave no girl's health un-addressed.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsGuthrie, Barbara J., Erin Hoey, LaWanda Ravoira, and Eileen Kintner
JournalJournal of pediatric nursing
Date Published2002 Dec
KeywordsAdolescent, Adolescent Behavior, Alcoholism, Child, Child Welfare, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Health Promotion, Humans, Juvenile Delinquency, Needs Assessment, Nurse's Role, Pediatric Nursing, Preventive Health Services, Sampling Studies, Sexual Behavior, Substance-Related Disorders, United States
AbstractDespite an increase in middle to older aged adolescent females' early contact with the juvenile justice system, inadequate health care remains a concern. This descriptive study surveyed the physical and mental health needs of 130 self-selected, nonrandomized girls aged 12 to 18 years, with a mean age of 15.42 years (SD, 1.24), who were involved with a juvenile justice diversional program located in a southeastern region of the United States. Findings revealed early initiation of sexual-related activities (mean age, 13.9 years; SD, 1.49) and substance use (mean age, 12.9 years; SD, 1.53). The data suggest an increasing need for pediatric nurses, and in particular advanced practice nurses, to provide gender-responsive health care and health promotion services to early middle-childhood females in the juvenile justice system.
Alternate JournalJ Pediatr Nurs

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