Psychological and neuropsychological assessment in the juvenile justice system: Recommendations for protocols

Kristin S. Hendrix, Caroline Carney Doebbeling, Matthew C. Aalsma

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The authors present a framework in order to improve decision-making for the use of psychological and neuropsychological assessments for youth in the juvenile justice system. Included is a review of the psychological, substance use, and traumatic brain injury literature of youth in the juvenile justice system. Thereafter, key terminology related to psychological and forensic evaluations, and an overview of how juvenile justice systems are organized in the USA are discussed. Lastly, recommendations regarding psychological and neuropsychological assessments of youth in juvenile justice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-249
Number of pages11
JournalCriminal Justice Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012



  • delinquent
  • juvenile justice
  • mental health
  • neuropsychological
  • psychological
  • youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law

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