The Court System for Children and Teens

Reviewed Oct 18, 2018

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Summary

The Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  states that 80 percent of the minors in the court system have a conduct disorder and 20 percent have some other known mental health disorder.

Children and teens with mental health disorders can be more likely to become mixed up with the legal system. Even those without these issues may get in trouble with the law. Peer pressure makes the chance of getting in trouble higher. Poor judgment can have the same result. Legal problems are stressful. They can be hurtful to both you and your child.

Your child may have these issues and find himself in trouble. If that is the case, he is not alone. The Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  says that up to 80 percent of the minors they see have a conduct disorder. They have also found that 20 percent have some other known mental health disorder. Many of these young people in the juvenile justice system also have a problem with drugs.

Breaking the law can be a result of a behavior disorder. One of these is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There are also other conduct disorders. Children who are very sad or have bipolar may use drugs or drink. They may also become part of a gang to cope with their problems. This is also true of those with anxiety or psychotic disorders. Any of these actions may result in legal penalties.

If you are the parent of a child in the juvenile justice system, you will have to be his biggest supporter. You want to make sure your child learns from the types of problems that go along with his actions. You will also want to work hard so that he will not have his future ruined.

By Haline Grublak, Vice President of Member and Family Affairs, Beacon Health Options
Reviewed by Trenda Hedges, C.R.S.S., C.P.R.S., Wellness & Recovery Program Manager, Beacon Health Options

Summary

The Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  states that 80 percent of the minors in the court system have a conduct disorder and 20 percent have some other known mental health disorder.

Children and teens with mental health disorders can be more likely to become mixed up with the legal system. Even those without these issues may get in trouble with the law. Peer pressure makes the chance of getting in trouble higher. Poor judgment can have the same result. Legal problems are stressful. They can be hurtful to both you and your child.

Your child may have these issues and find himself in trouble. If that is the case, he is not alone. The Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  says that up to 80 percent of the minors they see have a conduct disorder. They have also found that 20 percent have some other known mental health disorder. Many of these young people in the juvenile justice system also have a problem with drugs.

Breaking the law can be a result of a behavior disorder. One of these is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There are also other conduct disorders. Children who are very sad or have bipolar may use drugs or drink. They may also become part of a gang to cope with their problems. This is also true of those with anxiety or psychotic disorders. Any of these actions may result in legal penalties.

If you are the parent of a child in the juvenile justice system, you will have to be his biggest supporter. You want to make sure your child learns from the types of problems that go along with his actions. You will also want to work hard so that he will not have his future ruined.

By Haline Grublak, Vice President of Member and Family Affairs, Beacon Health Options
Reviewed by Trenda Hedges, C.R.S.S., C.P.R.S., Wellness & Recovery Program Manager, Beacon Health Options

Summary

The Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  states that 80 percent of the minors in the court system have a conduct disorder and 20 percent have some other known mental health disorder.

Children and teens with mental health disorders can be more likely to become mixed up with the legal system. Even those without these issues may get in trouble with the law. Peer pressure makes the chance of getting in trouble higher. Poor judgment can have the same result. Legal problems are stressful. They can be hurtful to both you and your child.

Your child may have these issues and find himself in trouble. If that is the case, he is not alone. The Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention  says that up to 80 percent of the minors they see have a conduct disorder. They have also found that 20 percent have some other known mental health disorder. Many of these young people in the juvenile justice system also have a problem with drugs.

Breaking the law can be a result of a behavior disorder. One of these is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There are also other conduct disorders. Children who are very sad or have bipolar may use drugs or drink. They may also become part of a gang to cope with their problems. This is also true of those with anxiety or psychotic disorders. Any of these actions may result in legal penalties.

If you are the parent of a child in the juvenile justice system, you will have to be his biggest supporter. You want to make sure your child learns from the types of problems that go along with his actions. You will also want to work hard so that he will not have his future ruined.

By Haline Grublak, Vice President of Member and Family Affairs, Beacon Health Options
Reviewed by Trenda Hedges, C.R.S.S., C.P.R.S., Wellness & Recovery Program Manager, Beacon Health Options

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