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A New Juvenile Justice SystemTotal Reform for a Broken System$
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Nancy E. Dowd

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479898800

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479898800.001.0001

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Invest Upstream to Promote the Well-Being of LGBT Youth

Invest Upstream to Promote the Well-Being of LGBT Youth

Addressing Root Causes of Juvenile System Involvement

(p.172) 9 Invest Upstream to Promote the Well-Being of LGBT Youth
A New Juvenile Justice System

Shannan Wilber

NYU Press

This chapter argues for a more radical reform agenda that aims to keep LGBT youth out of the juvenile justice system by focusing on the root causes of their juvenile justice involvement. Despite significant advances in legal protection and social integration of LGBT adults, many LGBT youth continue to struggle in families and institutions that pathologize and disparage their core identities. As a result of being rejected and ostracized at home, in school, by peers, and in the community, LGBT youth are at elevated risk for negative health and mental health outcomes, school failure, homelessness, and social isolation. These risk factors, in turn, results to LGBT youth's juvenile justice system involvement. The chapter recommends policies aimed at promoting the health and well-being of LGBT youth in their homes and communities.

Keywords:   LGBT youth, juvenile justice system, juvenile justice involvement, LGBT youth well-being

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