The linkage between mental health, delinquency, and trajectories of delinquency: Results from the Boricua Youth Study

Wesley G. Jennings, Mildred Maldonado-Molina, Danielle M. Fenimore, Alex R. Piquero, Hector Bird, Glorisa Canino

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Purpose: To examine the longitudinal relationship between depression, delinquency, and trajectories of delinquency among Hispanic children and adolescents. Methods: Propensity score matching is used to match depressed and non-depressed youth and a combination of group-based trajectory and multinomial logistic regression techniques are used. Results: After adjusting for pre-existing differences between depressed and non-depressed youth, the causal relationship between depression and delinquency and the association between depression and trajectories of delinquency appears to be largely spurious. However, the effect of depression on predicting a high rate and increasing trajectory of delinquency is robust. Conclusions: Depression and high-rate offending are linked in a sample of Hispanic children and adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-73
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Delinquency
  • Depression
  • Developmental
  • Hispanics
  • Life-course
  • Mental health

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