04 September 2018

Educational and employment patterns in serious adolescent offenders with mental health disorders: The importance of educational attainment

This study examines employment and educational outcomes for justice-involved adolescents with and without mental health disorders involved in the Pathways to Desistance study. There were three key findings. First, youth with mental health problems had a relatively high number of other criminogenic risk factors. Second, education and employment patterns did not differ by disorder. Third, the presence of a mental health disorder was not independently linked to poorer employment outcomes, but educational achievement was linked. Therefore the results clearly indicated a need for increased emphasis on higher levels of academic attainment as a way to promote positive employment outcomes in these youth.