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Systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions relevant for young offenders with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or self-harm

By Ellen Townsend, Dawn-Marie Walker, Sally Sargeant, Panos Vostanis, Keith Hawton, Olivia Stocker and Jabulani Sithole


Background: Mood and anxiety disorders, and problems with self harm are significant and serious issues that are common in young people in the Criminal Justice System.\ud Aims: To examine whether interventions relevant to young offenders with mood or anxiety disorders, or problems with self harm are effective.\ud Method: Systematic review and meta-analysis of data from randomised controlled trials relevant to young offenders experiencing these problems.\ud Results: An exhaustive search of the worldwide literature (published and unpublished)yielded 10 studies suitable for inclusion in this review. Meta-analysis of data from three\ud studies (with a total population of 171 individuals) revealed that group-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) may help to reduce symptoms of depression in young\ud offenders.\ud Conclusions: These preliminary findings suggest that group-based CBT may be useful for young offenders with such mental health problems, but larger high quality RCTs are\ud now needed to bolster the evidence-base

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