Effects of traumatic experience on street connected youth’s detention history

Effects of traumatic experience on street connected youth’s detention history

Effects of traumatic experience on street connected youth's detention history

Individual presentation123Shorena Sadzaglishvili, Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia

Room 1CWed 10:45 - 12:15

Street-connected youth are vulnerable to violence from caretakers, fellow street youth, police, and experience all forms of exploitation and abuse. The present study conducted structural interviews with N=80 street-connected youth (43.8% female; 56.3% male. M=13.56. Median= 13.50 years; SD=2.44) recruited from 10 social service centers in two cities located in Georgia in 2018. Trained interviewers administered a close-ended survey on demographics, detention history and traumatic experience. Traumatic experience was measured using adapted version of Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Questionnaire for Street Connected Youth (CDCP, 2014). The adapted ACE measured 3 personal (physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse) and 2 related to other family members’ abuse: a parent who’s an alcoholic and a family member in jail. Survey data were analyzed in SPSS 22. The study showed that youth’s history of detention is correlated with youth’s ACE. In particular, youth with the detention past showed higher ACE score compared to the youth who did not have history of detention (Mann-Whitney, Z=-2.23, p=0.026). History of detention was not associated with the age of the child, however it was correlated with youth’s gender. Male youth are more likely to be arrested in the jail or detention centers (Pearson Chi-Square= 6.198, p=0.012). The study was funded by the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia (FR 17_31).

Assessment and treatment of young and/or adolescent offenders
detention, trauma
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