DOI: 10.1177/01987429241229045 ISSN: 0198-7429

Evaluating the Clinical Utility of the MAYSI-2 Among African American Male Juvenile Offenders

Brittany LaBelle, Joseph Calvin Gagnon, Diana Joyce-Beaulieu, Jodi Lane, Nicholas Gage, John Kranzler, David E. Houchins, Holly B. Lane, Erica D. McCray, Richard G. Lambert, Shelbretta Ball
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Education

This study examined the clinical utility of the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument-Second Version (MAYSI-2) among African American (AA) incarcerated youth and used White incarcerated youth as a comparison group. Data were analyzed for 314 incarcerated youth (193 AA offenders and 121 White offenders) of ages 13–17 years that were adjudicated delinquent from a Southeastern United States medium security residential facility. Seven logistic regression and receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) models were built to determine whether the MAYSI-2 subscales accurately identify committed AA male incarcerated youth who have mental illnesses on file. Analyses also examined how well the MAYSI-2 subscales identify specific mental illnesses among AA-committed male incarcerated youth. Results demonstrated that no MAYSI-2 subscales accurately identified and categorized AA-committed male incarcerated youth that have mental disorders, and only two subscales (Alcohol/Drug Use, Depressed/Anxious) identified and categorized White committed male incarcerated youth that have mental disorder. Additional results and implications for research and practice are provided.

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