Gender Differences in the Relationship Between Self-Silencing, Trauma, and Mental Health Among Juvenile Legal System-Involved Youth

Megan Granski, Shabnam Javdani, Corianna E. Sichel, Morgan Rentko

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Abstract

The current study investigates the impact of trauma exposure on adolescent girls’ and boys’ self-silencing and the impact of self-silencing on and internalizing and externalizing mental health symptoms. Results are informed by data from 206 legal system-involved youth ages 12 to 18 in short-term detention facilities. Hierarchical regression analyses with gender modeled as a moderator revealed that girls with greater trauma exposure were less likely to self-silence, and girls with lower levels of self-silencing were at increased risk for depressive and anxious symptoms. This study has implications for trauma-informed approaches in juvenile legal settings, which may inadvertently reward emotional restriction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-566
Number of pages22
JournalFeminist Criminology
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020

Keywords

  • adolescence/youth
  • juvenile justice
  • mental health
  • self-silencing
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Law

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