Theo A H Doreleijers

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Dutch juvenile criminal law, concerning minors between 12 and 18 years old, is marked by its pedagogical character. In cases of serious psychosocial problems or psychiatric disorders, the juvenile court may request a forensic examination in order to be able to impose a measure of restraint. This study was aimed at investigating to what extent the juvenile(More)
Psychiatric disorders are highly prevalent among incarcerated youth. However, whereas ethnic minority youths are overrepresented in the juvenile justice system, limited research is available on their mental health. In this study, differences in mental health problems between incarcerated adolescents of native Dutch and Moroccan origin, were examined. Child(More)
OBJECTIVE This article reports on offense related characteristics and the psychosexual development in subgroups of juvenile sex offenders as measured by the Global Assessment Instrument for Juvenile Sex Offenders (GAIJSO). The predictive validity of these characteristics for persistent (sexual) offensive behavior in subgroups of juvenile sex offenders was(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to investigate the lifetime prevalence of teenage pregnancy in the histories of detained adolescent females and to examine the relationship between teenage pregnancy on the one hand and mental health and sexuality related characteristics on the other. METHODS Of 256 admitted detained adolescent females aged 12-18(More)
Editorial The medical and educational interests of young people who find themselves in the police and justice systems are the main aims of the European Association for Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychology and other involved professions, EFCAP-EU, which was officially founded in 1997. Two years earlier the first youth forensic symposium was(More)
BACKGROUND Previous research provides support for the existence of the psychopathy construct in youths. However, studies regarding the psychometric properties of psychopathy measures with ethnic minority youths are lacking. METHODS In the present study, the three-factor structure of the Youth Psychopathic Traits Inventory (YPI) was examined for both(More)
BACKGROUND Childhood offenders are at an increased risk for developing mental health, social and educational problems later in life. An early onset of offending is a strong predictor for future persistent offending. Childhood offenders from ethnic minority groups are a vulnerable at-risk group. However, up until now, no studies have focused on them. AIMS(More)
In this article, the differences between male and female juvenile delinquency are discussed, from a behavioural and psychiatric perspective. At first the existence and nature of female juvenile delinquency is described. Further a, mostly literature-based, analysis of gender-related differences in juvenile delinquency and psychopathology is presented.(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the prevalence of mental disorders in (subgroups of) juvenile suspects who sexually offended (JSOs), and its relation with criminal re-referrals five to eight years later. METHODS A sample of 106 JSOs (mean age 15.0 ± 1.5 years) referred to the Dutch Child Protection Board between May 2003 and December 2006 was classified into(More)
BACKGROUND In the Netherlands, youths of Moroccan origin account for a disproportionately large percentage of the population in juvenile justice institutions. Previous research showed that Moroccan adolescents in pre-trial arrest are characterized by less serious offending behavior (i.e., primarily property-based) and lower levels of mental health problems(More)