Lanctôt N, *Hauth-Charlier S, Lemieux A. (2014). Do depressive symptoms in justice-involved girls reduce the effects of a cognitive-behavioral program on their disruptive and delinquent behaviors?. International Journal of Social Welfare. 24(2): 193-203.
The present study evaluated the effects of a cognitive-behavioral program on disruptive and delinquent behaviors among a sample of adolescent girls placed in a residential center in Quebec (Canada). This study also investigated the moderating impact of depressive symptoms on program effectiveness. The study used a quasi-experimental design to allow comparisons between 104 girls in the treatment group and 78 girls in the comparison group over 18 months. Findings showed that the program contributed significantly, albeit modestly, to a decline in some forms of disruptive/delinquent behaviors. Results also indicated that girls with a higher level of depressive symptoms at admission also reported higher involvement in a myriad of disruptive/delinquent behaviors and that for some types of problem behaviors, this higher involvement persisted over time. In general, however, the seriousness of the depressive symptoms that the girls reported at admission did not interfere with the effectiveness of the cognitive-behavioral program.