State-Level Psychological Examiner, South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Columbia, SC
(Received 9 May 1996; accepted 22 November 1996)
Demographic differences between adolescents referred for psychiatric services by the Family Court and by facility staff at a state-run juvenile justice evaluation center are examined. Those groups are then compared to the facility's general population. It is concluded that race, gender, age, and judicial discretion are the factors that distinguish court-referred adolescents from their counterparts referred by facility staff and in the general population.
Paper ID: JFS14269J