“Juveniles held in detention centers more likely to suffer mental health problems later” @ Chicago Tribune

Posted on October 24, 2012

Jessica Tobacman — October 24, 2012: “Mental health researcher Erika Ostrander never knows how the interviews she conducts with teenagers who have spent time at the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center will go.

‘Every day is different. I never know what I’m going to run into: from people doing well, to people running into violence, to psychological distress,’ said Ostrander, who is a clinical field interviewer with the Northwestern Project, an effort at Northwestern University’s medical school that its leaders say is the first large-scale, longitudinal study of the mental health needs and outcomes of delinquent youth.

‘They share their experience living in parts of the city where violence is prevalent. … You learn a lot about people, in general. It’s not always bad. You see someone in a traumatic environment, with a lot of obstacles, who is able to get through them, to stable jobs and families.’………………………..”

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