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Routledge International Handbook of Delinquency and Health


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PART I: THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL FOUNDATIONS; 1. Theorizing the Role of Health and Health Disparities in the Life-Course Criminological Paradigm; 2. Evidence on Prenatal and Perinatal Health Factors Associated with Juvenile Delinquency; 3. Racial Disparities in Health and Justice Systems Exposure: Patterns and Explanations; 4. Influences of Early Nutrition on Child and Adolescent Antisocial Behavior; 5. What Becomes of the Problem Child?: The Foundational Role of Temperament in Health and Juvenile Offending; 6. The Stress Mechanisms of Adolescent Physical, Mental, and Behavioral Health; 7. Adverse Childhood Experiences, Delinquency, and Health: Implications for Juvenile Justice Systems; 8. The Health Consequences of Incarceration for Families; PART II: BEHAVIORAL, MENTAL, AND PHYSICAL CONDITIONS; 9. Traumatic Brain Injury and Justice-Involved Youth: Assessment and Intervention; 10. Sleep and Delinquency: An Emerging Area of Research; 11. The Impact of Youth with Psychopathic Traits on Health: A Socio-Ecological Perspective; 12. Alcohol and Drug Misuse, Delinquency, and Health; 13. Key Health Behaviors Across the Life Course: The Salience of Comorbid Substance Use and Depression; 14. The Health Consequences of Victimization; 15. The Prevalence and Dynamics of Teen Dating Violence; 16. Health Focused Criminology: Lead, Crime, and the Use of Quantitative Genetics to Examine Causality; PART III: PREVENTION, POLICY, AND HEALTH PROMOTION SYSTEMS; 17. Early Childhood Risk Factors, Prevention and Intervention; 18. Mobilizing Communities to Prevent Adolescent Substance Use and Delinquency; 19. Behavioral Health and Treatment Utilization among Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System; 20. Restorative Justice in K-12 Schools as a Structural Health Equity Intervention; 21. The Role of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy in the Juvenile Justice System; 22. Qualitative Research at the Intersections of Youth Justice and Health; 23. Drugs, Health and Juvenile Delinquency in Latin America: Trends, Policies and Actions; 24. Delinquency and Health in Australian Youth; 25. Delinquency and Health: Future Directions

About the Author

Michael G. Vaughn, PhD, is Professor in the School of Social Work, College for Public Health and Social Justice, at Saint Louis University where he also is the founder and Director of the Health Criminology Research Consortium. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and the Society for Social Work and Research. Professor Vaughn is an internationally recognized scientist who has published more than 400 scholarly works.

Christopher P. Salas-Wright, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Boston University School of Social Work and a Research Fellow with the National Hispanic Science Network’s (NHSN) Early Stage Career Mentoring for NIDA Research program. He is also a holder of an NIH (K01) early career award. Since 2012, Dr. Salas-Wright has authored more than 125 scholarly publications.

Dylan B. Jackson, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice (College of Public Policy) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and an Associate of UTSA’s Institute for Health Disparities Research. As a developmental and health criminologist, Dr. Jackson’s research is integrative, bridging empirical and theoretical developments from multiple social and health science fields.


I am delighted to welcome this wide-ranging International Handbook, which demonstrates the importance of health factors in explaining and preventing crime and violence across the life course. It shows the great advances in knowledge and practice that can be achieved by treating crime as a public health problem and by studying the interplay of biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors. It should be mandatory reading for everyone who wishes to understand and reduce delinquency.

David P. Farrington, Emeritus Professor of Psychological Criminology, University of CambridgeThe editors have brought together the study of criminology, public and physical health, and health disparities to provide a novel perspective that will appeal to researchers and practitioners in all three fields. Chapter authors provide theory and evidence on a broad set of topics that provide guidance on this integrated perspective. Finally, practitioners will find this book useful for its suggestions of structural changes, promotion, prevention, early intervention, treatment, and aftercare approaches throughout the life course.Richard F. Catalano, Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington

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