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Linking Disorders to Delinquency: Treating High-Risk Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Christopher A. Mallett
Linking Disorders to Delinquency: Treating High-Risk Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
ISBN: 978-1-935049-58-6
ISBN: 978-1-62637-379-2
2013/187 pages/LC: 2012038649
A FirstForumPress Book
Also of interest:  The Paradox of Youth Violence by J. William Spencer
"An impactful and riveting examination into the relationship between disorders and delinquency."— Tiffiney Cottledge, Criminal Justice Review

"With a simple presentation style, detailed review, and on-point analysis, Mallett's efforts may prove to be significant in changing the way we think about and react to the link between mental health disorders and delinquency."—Michael F. Campagna, International Criminal Justice Review

"Compelling and insightful…. Mallett shines much-needed light on the connection between disability, trauma, and involvement with the juvenile justice system, and he does a nice job of dispelling myths along the way."—Jennifer Capps, Metropolitan State University of Denver

"Timely, important, and meticulously researched…. Mallett both diagnoses the problem and offers pragmatic solutions."—P.J. Verrecchia, York College of Pennsylvania


Christopher Mallett explores developmental pathways to juvenile delinquency, disentangling key risk factors for offending—and not least, showing how contact with the justice system may only compound the problem.        

Tracing a child's life from the earliest years through adolescence, Mallett investigates the processes by which mental health disorders, learning disabilities, experiences of abuse, and combinations of these factors may increase the likelihood of delinquency. He also finds unexpected lessons in resilience. Throughout, he draws on these insights to suggest valuable new ways of responding to issues in vulnerable populations. 


Christopher A. Mallett is associate professor of social work at Cleveland State University.


  • Children and Youth at Risk.
  • Linking Disorders to Delinquency.
  • Primary School-Aged Children.
  • Secondary School-Aged Youth.
  • Addressing Low-Level Offenders.
  • Addressing Serious and Chronic Offenders.
  • Shifting from Punishment to Rehabilitation.