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Alcohol-related risk and harm amongst young offenders aged 11-17

Newbury-Birch, Dorothy, Jackson, Katherine, Hodgson, Tony, Gilvarry, Eilish, Cassidy, Paul, Coulton, Simon, Ryan, Vicky, Wilson, Graeme B., McGovern, Ruth, Kaner, Eileen and others. (2015) Alcohol-related risk and harm amongst young offenders aged 11-17. International Journal of Prisoner Health, 11 (2). pp. 75-86. ISSN 1744-9200. (doi:10.1108/IJPH-08-2013-0041) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:49052)

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the prevalence of alcohol use disorders (AUDs) amongst young people in the criminal justice system (CJS) in the North East of England and to compare the ability of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) to the Youth Justice Board ASSET tool in identifying alcohol-related need in Youth Offending Team (YOT) clients.

Findings – In total, 429 questionnaires were completed out of a possible 639 (67 per cent). The majority (81 per cent) of the young offenders were identified as experiencing alcohol-related health risk or harm and 77 per cent scored within a possibly alcohol-dependent range. In total, 77 (30 per cent) of young people completing both assessments were identified as having an AUD by AUDIT but not identified as needing alcohol-related treatment using ASSET.

Social implications – There are major social implications to this research. It is imperative for changes to be made to the care pathways in place in the UK for young people coming through the CJS with alcohol-related issues.

Originality/value – This paper adds to the evidence base by using well-validated tools to measure alcohol use amongst young people in the CJS in the UK.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/IJPH-08-2013-0041
Uncontrolled keywords: Criminal justice system, Prison, Alcohol, Substance abuse, Young offenders, Youth offending service
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV5001 Alcoholism and intemperance
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Simon Coulton
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2015 15:37 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:25 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/49052 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Coulton, Simon: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7704-3274
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