1st Edition

Routledge International Handbook of Delinquency and Health

    380 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    380 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge International Handbook of Delinquency and Health presents state-of-the-art research and theorizing on the intersections between health, delinquency, and the juvenile justice system. Organized into three parts—Theoretical and Empirical Foundations; Behavioral, Mental, and Physical Health Conditions; and Prevention, Policy, and Health Promotion Systems—it is the largest and most comprehensive work of its kind, featuring contributions from scholars from multiple nations and global regions.

    A growing number of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from criminology and criminal justice, social work, medicine, psychiatry and psychology, and other health science disciplines engage with marginalized adolescent populations who are at elevated risk for violence and delinquency, alcohol and other drug use, health and mental health problems, and other difficulties directly related to public safety and well-being. These risk factors often lead to short-term (e.g., detention, juvenile residential treatment facilities) and long-term (e.g., prison, parole) contact with the criminal justice system. As these fields increasingly overlap, the distinctions between them are blurred. Sound decision-making in the juvenile justice system depends on adequate research and policy at the intersection of delinquency and health. 

    This volume represents an agenda-setting scholarly resource for the expansion of research and policy-making across the international delinquency and health continuum, and will be an essential resource for all who study or work in the field.



    1. Theorizing the Role of Health and Health Disparities in the Life-Course Criminological Paradigm
    2. Dylan B. Jackson and Michael G. Vaughn

    3. Evidence on Prenatal and Perinatal Health Factors Associated with Juvenile Delinquency
    4. Stacy Tzoumakis and Jesse Cale

    5. Racial Disparities in Health and Justice Systems Exposure: Patterns and Explanations
    6. Graham C. Ousey and Tracy W.P. Sohoni

    7. Influences of Early Nutrition on Child and Adolescent Antisocial Behavior
    8. Phoebe Um and Jianghong Liu

    9. What Becomes of the Problem Child?: The Foundational Role of Temperament in Health and Juvenile Offending
    10. Matthew DeLisi

    11. The Stress Mechanisms of Adolescent Physical, Mental, and Behavioral Health
    12. Lisa A. Kort-Butler

    13. Adverse Childhood Experiences, Delinquency, and Health: Implications for Juvenile Justice Systems
    14. Michael Baglivio

    15. The Health Consequences of Incarceration for Families
    16. Kristin Turney and Martha Morales Hernandez


    17. Traumatic Brain Injury and Justice-Involved Youth: Assessment and Intervention
    18. Christopher A. Veeh and Tanya Renn

    19. Sleep and Delinquency: An Emerging Area of Research
    20. Samantha S. Clinkinbeard and Pete Simi

    21. The Impact of Youth with Psychopathic Traits on Health: A Socio-Ecological Perspective
    22. Dennis E. Reidy, Katherine W. Bogen, and Scott O. Lilienfeld

    23. Alcohol and Drug Misuse, Delinquency, and Health
    24. Christopher P. Salas-Wright

    25. Key Health Behaviors Across the Life Course: The Salience of Comorbid Substance Use and Depression
    26. Abby K. Johnson and Megan Bears Augustyn

    27. The Health Consequences of Victimization
    28. Chad Posick and Kalynn Gruenfelder

    29. The Prevalence and Dynamics of Teen Dating Violence
    30. Vithya Murugan, Annah K. Bender, Elise Trombetta, and Caroline Dilts

    31. Health Focused Criminology: Lead, Crime, and the Use of Quantitative Genetics to Examine Causality
    32. Brian B. Boutwell and Stephen J. Watts


    33. Early Childhood Risk Factors, Prevention and Intervention
    34. Ruth Paris, Jessica Dym Bartlett, and Corinne Beaugard

    35. Mobilizing Communities to Prevent Adolescent Substance Use and Delinquency
    36. Abigail A. Fagan and C. Cory Lowe

    37. Behavioral Health and Treatment Utilization among Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System
    38. Matthew C. Aalsma and Katherine Schwartz

    39. Restorative Justice in K-12 Schools as a Structural Health Equity Intervention
    40. Jelena Todic, Catherine Cubbin, and Marilyn Armour

    41. The Role of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy in the Juvenile Justice System
    42. Lisa A. Jaegers, Karen F. Barney, and Rebecca M. Aldrich

    43. Qualitative Research at the Intersections of Youth Justice and Health
    44. Laura S. Abrams and Elizabeth S. Barnert

    45. Drugs, Health and Juvenile Delinquency in Latin America: Trends, Policies and Actions
    46. Augusto Pérez-Gómez, Juliana Mejía-Trujillo, Mónica Pérez-Trujillo, and Jessica Orr

    47. Delinquency and Health in Australian Youth
    48. Sheryl A. Hemphill and Jessica A. Heerde

    49. Delinquency and Health: Future Directions

    Michael G. Vaughn, Christopher P. Salas-Wright, and Dylan B. Jackson



    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 Cambridge

    The 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