Mental Health and Violent Youth: A Developmental/Lifecourse Perspective

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From our regular book review column.

In her book Mental Health and Violent Youth, Denise Paquette Boots, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas, examines the relationship between youth mental illness and future violent crime. In this work, the author addresses the national economic, medical, social, and psychological costs of violence and discusses current trends in American violent criminal behaviors as they pertain to youth mental illness.

The author conveys a developmental perspective of violent crime and provides an overview of published longitudinal studies on the correlation between youth mental health and future violence.

J Clin Psychiatry 2009;70(6):940-941