Title

Using the MAYSI-2 to Understand and Respond to the Mental Health Needs of Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

First Presenter's Institution

Old Dominion University

Second Presenter's Institution

n/a

Third Presenter's Institution

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Fourth Presenter's Institution

n/a

Fifth Presenter's Institution

n/a

Location

Meet & Greet Poster Reception (Harborside)

Strand #1

Mental & Physical Health

Relevance

The Massachusetts Youth Screening Inventory Version- 2 (MAYSI-2) is a mental health screening inventory used in all 50 states to screen youth entering the juvenile justice system (JJS) for mental health concerns. Results from this screening measure are used to determine if youth require further assessment and alert treatment staff to the mental health concerns of the youth. Due to girls being the minority in the juvenile justice system, many of the studies examining the data collected with this screening measure is focused on boys which has created a gap in the literature as it relates to the needs of girls in the JJS. For my dissertation I am exploring how we can use the information gathered from this instrument to gain more insight into the mental health trends of girls in the JJS in an effort to develop gender responsive interventions for this population. This topic relates to the National Youth at Risk conference strand “Health” and “Hand” as it will add to the knowledge related to at risk girls and gender responsive interventions for this population.

Brief Program Description

The purpose of this poster presentation is to provide attendees with a brief literature review of mental health screening in the juvenile justice system, the Massachusetts Youth Screening Inventory Version-2 (MAYSI-2), and characteristics of girls involved in the juvenile justice system. Next, participants will be informed of the results of my study that utilized an archival data set from large juvenile justice district in the southeast United States, and finally an overview of gender responsive interventions to be used with girls in the juvenile justice system.

Summary

The purpose of this poster presentation is to discuss the results of a study that utilized archival data collected from adolescent girls that were screened for mental health concerns using the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument Version-2 (MAYSI-2) upon entering the juvenile justice system. The presenter will share findings from this quantitative study as it relates to the mental health concerns of girls/females involved in the juvenile justice system. Based on the findings from this study and previous studies, the presenter will provide recommendations for gender responsive interventions that might be appropriate to respond to the mental health concerns of this population in juvenile justice and community settings.

Evidence

It is well documented in the literature that youth entering the juvenile justice system have higher rates of mental health concerns than youth in the general population (Grisso, Barnum, Fletcher, Cauffman, Peuschold, 2001). As such, mental health screening in juvenile justice settings has become a priority as the focus in on rehabilitation instead of punishment. With the MAYSI-2 being one of the most widely used screening instruments in JJS settings the information gathered from this screening tool is invaluable. In addition, previous studies have found that when comparing the mental health needs of girls and boys in the JJS there are significant differences (Gordon, 2018; Horner, 2017; Reily, Johnson & Ferguson, 2019). Understanding the needs of girls in juvenile justice settings and providing appropriate interventions is crucial to the treatment needs of this population.

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Bio for Promotional Use: Ne’Shaun Borden received her B.S. from Florida State University and her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida. Ms. Borden is currently a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Old Dominion University. Ms. Borden is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Florida and has a variety of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and college students. She also has experience teaching Human Services courses at the undergraduate level, co-teaching counseling courses at the master’s level and coordinating outreach activities for college students. Ms. Borden’s research interests include college students issues, trauma, and increasing access to mental health services to underserved populations.

Keyword Descriptors

mental health, screening, juvenile justice

Presentation Year

March 2020

Start Date

3-9-2020 4:45 PM

End Date

3-9-2020 6:00 PM

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Mar 9th, 4:45 PM Mar 9th, 6:00 PM

Using the MAYSI-2 to Understand and Respond to the Mental Health Needs of Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

Meet & Greet Poster Reception (Harborside)

The purpose of this poster presentation is to provide attendees with a brief literature review of mental health screening in the juvenile justice system, the Massachusetts Youth Screening Inventory Version-2 (MAYSI-2), and characteristics of girls involved in the juvenile justice system. Next, participants will be informed of the results of my study that utilized an archival data set from large juvenile justice district in the southeast United States, and finally an overview of gender responsive interventions to be used with girls in the juvenile justice system.