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Gender and Poverty in Justice-Involved Youth

Pathways to crime differ for male and female youth. Females showed significantly higher levels of poverty, risky family circumstances and sexual behaviour, whereas males showed high levels of both unsafe family circumstances and poorer school performance. These male and female youth all experienced mental health issues and child welfare involvement.

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Family, Education, Community and Poverty in the Lives of Court-Involved Youth

This study examined how living in poverty relates to a youth’s family, school, and community contexts that shape their health and behaviour. Findings suggest that court-involved youth who live in poverty are more likely to have poor educational outcomes, high family instability, and are lacking prosocial ties to the community.

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Friendships, Mental Health and Poverty in Court-Involved Youth

This study examined how friendships of young offenders relate to living in poverty, criminal behaviour, and having mental health difficulties. This study found that living in conditions related to poverty is prevalent among court-involved youth. As well, these youth were likely to live among peers who held antisocial values, beliefs and behaviours. A more negative peer environment was linked to a greater likelihood criminal involvement and mental health difficulties.

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Mental Health And Poverty in Justice Involved Youth

This study examined how living in poverty relates to youth mental health problems and youth criminal activity. Findings suggest that youth who live in moderate to higher levels of poverty are more likely to have mental health problems, as well as early criminal involvements.

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Service Coordination for At-Risk Youth and Poverty Reduction

In London Ontario, one in four children live in poverty – this means 25% of our young people are growing up without access to basic needs. Factors that have been linked to youth poverty include inadequate or a lack of housing and employment, not receiving an education, and having untreated mental health needs. In an effort to respond to these needs a three-year project involving service coordination was developed at LFCC. The goal of the project was to quickly respond to the identified needs of court involved and high-risk youth. Youth were assisted with poverty related concerns including housing crises, schooling needs, mental health services, employment skills, finances, and transportation needs. The project’s two service coordinators received referrals from various professionals in the community and responded to the needs of 133 youth over the course of 2.5 years: 20 accessed the service more than once.

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