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.
Aims: To examine whether interventions relevant to young offenders with mood or anxiety disorders, or problems with self harm are effective.
Method: Systematic review and meta-analysis of data from randomised controlled trials relevant to young offenders experiencing these problems.
Results: An exhaustive search of the worldwide literature (published and unpublished)yielded 10 studies suitable for inclusion in this review.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
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
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
now needed to bolster the evidence-base.
Townsend, E., Walker, D., Sargeant, S., Vostanis, P., Hawton, K., Stocker, O., & Sithole, J. (2010). Systematic review and meta-analysis of interventions relevant for young offenders with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or self-harm. Journal of Adolescence, 33(1), 9-20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2009.05.015