Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Interventions for Juveniles Who Eventually Commit Homicide

Magda Stouthamer-Loeber, University of Pittsburgh
Rolf Loeber, University of Pittsburgh
Judith Creemers

Most studies on juvenile homicide offenders have been based on retrospective rather than prospective information. Consequently, both the history of problem behavior/offending and earlier juvenile justice and mental health interventions are not always well documented. Prospectively collected information in the Pittsburgh Youth Study identified 19 homicide offenders. The paper shows that most of the offenders had received a wide variety of services because of their problem behavior, including juvenile justice interventions. The fact that, eventually, these individuals escalated to homicide, calls into question the effectiveness of the interventions.

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Updated 05/20/2006