Legal issues, rights, and ethics for mental health in juvenile justice

Stephen A. Zerby, Christopher R. Thomas

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Juveniles within the justice system are a vulnerable population with certain age-appropriate fundamental rights. The understanding and implementation of these rights has arisen from advocacy movements, which historically have used moral concepts that, when applied to delinquent youth, resulted in the creation of the juvenile justice system. Through continued practical implementation of moral theory, in the form of ethics, this system continues to develop and provide for the rehabilitation needs of youth and the safety needs of society. Although far from a perfect system, the mechanism for continued growth and development remains in place, in the form of correctional and health care professionals, advocacy organizations, the legal and judicial systems, legislatures, and the juveniles within the system. Law and ethics continue to guide to how these youths and society are served by this complex but useful system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-390
Number of pages18
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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