The Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School conducts research to enhance services, improve the quality of life, and promote recovery for people with behavioral health conditions. SPARC, formerly called the Center for Mental Health Services Research (CMHSR) and the Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC), was created in 1993 when it was designated a Center of Excellence for Psychosocial and Systems Research by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH). This collection showcases journal articles and other publications written by faculty and researchers of the Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center.

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Publications from 2006

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Emerging empirical evidence on the ethics of schizophrenia research, Laura B. Dunn, Philip J. Candilis, and Laura Weiss Roberts

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Introduction: Children, Adolescents, and Mental Health Services Research: An Overview of Emerging Perspective, William H. Fisher

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Adolescents' Decision Making: A Developmental Perspective on Constitutional Provisions in Delinquency Cases, Thomas Grisso

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Employment transitions for Clubhouse members, Colleen E. McKay, Matthew Johnsen, Steven M. Banks, and Reva Stein

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RPRS Manual: Recovery Promoting Relationships Scale, Zlatka Russinova, E. Sally Rogers, and Marsha Langer Ellison

Publications from 2005

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The influence of psychosocial maturity on male juvenile offenders' comprehension and understanding of the Miranda warning, Lori H. Colwell, Keith R. Cruise, Laura S. Guy, Wendy K. McCoy, Krissie Fernandez, and Heather H. Ross

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Does psychopathy predict institutional misconduct among adults? A meta-analytic investigation, Laura S. Guy, John F. Edens, Christine Anthony, and Kevin S. Douglas

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A study of a structured exercise program with members of an ICCD Certified Clubhouse: program design, benefits, and implications for feasibility, John R. Pelletier, Meeta Nguyen, Kevin Bradley, Matthew Johnsen, and Colleen E. McKay

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How the pace program builds a recovery-transformed system: results from a national survey, James H. Zahniser, Laurie Ahern, and Daniel B. Fisher

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Willingness of subjects with thought disorder to participate in research, Philip J. Candilis, Cynthia M. A. Geppert, Kenneth E. Fletcher, Charles W. Lidz, and Paul S. Appelbaum

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Between a rock and a soft place: developmental research and the child advocacy process, Thomas Grisso and Laurence Steinberg

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The Invisible Children's Project: key ingredients of an intervention for parents with mental illness, Beth R. Hinden, Kathleen Biebel, Joanne Nicholson, and Liz Mehnert

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A Comparison of Factor Models on the PCL-R With Mentally Disordered Offenders: The Development of a Four-Factor Model, Michael J. Vitacco, Richard Rogers, Craig S. Neumann, Kimberly S. Harrison, and Gina M. Vincent

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The new research ethic: will oversight requirements sink forensic research, Philip J. Candilis, Rasim Arikan, Sheila B. Noone, and Jacob C. Holzer

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Commentary: toward a unified theory of personal and professional ethics, Richard Martinez and Philip J. Candilis

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What do clinicians expect? Comparing envisioned and reported violence for male and female patients, Jennifer L. Skeem, Edward P. Mulvey, Candice L. Odgers, Carol A. Schubert, Stephanie Stowman, William P. Gardner, and Charles W. Lidz

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A view of American psychiatry, Jeffrey L. Geller

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Association of stress, hostility and plasma testosterone levels, Jean A. King, Milagros C. Rosal, Yunsheng Ma, and George W. Reed

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Juvenile Court Clinical Services: A National Description, Thomas Grisso and Judith Quinlan

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Employment outcomes in Massachusetts Clubhouses, Colleen E. McKay, Matthew Johnsen, and Reva Stein

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Psychosocial Stressors, Psychiatric Diagnoses and Utilization of Mental Health Services Among Undocumented Immigrant Latinos, M. Carmela Perez and Lisa R. Fortuna

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An actuarial model of violence risk assessment for persons with mental disorders, John Monahan, Henry J. Steadman, Pamela Clark Robbins, Paul S. Appelbaum, Steven M. Banks, Thomas Grisso, Kirk Heilburn, Edward P. Mulvey, Loren H. Roth, and Eric Silver

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Predictors of depression among non-Hispanic Whites, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans: A look at race/ethnicity as a reflection of social relations, Rosalie A. Torres Stone, Fernando I. Rivera, and Terceira A. Berdahl

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Procedure for minimizing stress for fMRI studies in conscious rats, Jean A. King, Timothy S. Garelick, Mathew E. Brevard, Wei Chen, Tara L. Messenger, Timothy Q. Duong, and Craig F. Ferris

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People with schizophrenia employed as professionals and managers: initial evidence and exploration, Marsha Langer Ellison, Zlatka Russinova, Joseph Massaro, and Asya Lyass

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Where are Bridges Needed: Relationships Between Youth and Adult Services Before Strengthening the Transition System, Maryann Davis, Matthew Johnsen, Nancy Koroloff, Barbara E. Starrett, Colleen E. McKay, Michael Pullmann, Diane Sondheimer, and Lynwood Gordon

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Conducting Your First AP-LS Conference Presentation: Improving the Experience for Yourself and Your Audience, John F. Edens, John Petrila, Laura S. Guy, and Barry Rosenfeld

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Against the grain? A reasoned argument for not closing a state hospital, Jeffrey L. Geller, Helen Shore, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., and Paul S. Appelbaum

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The empirical limits of forensic mental health assessment, Thomas Grisso and Gina M. Vincent

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Relationship of quality of life and perceived control with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms 3 to 6 months after myocardial infarction, Leonard A. Doerfler, John A. Paraskos, and Lori Piniarski

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Why do so many Latina teens attempt suicide? A conceptual model for research, Luis H. Zayas, Rebecca J. Lester, Leopoldo J. Cabassa, and Lisa R. Fortuna

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Authors' reports about research integrity problems in clinical trials, William P. Gardner, Charles W. Lidz, and Kathryn C. Hartwig

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Integrating the criminal justice system into mental health service delivery: the Worcester diversion experience, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., Jonathan C. Clayfield, Kristen M. Roy-Bujnowski, William H. Fisher, and Maurice H. Richardson

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Commentary on “Empirical and Ethical Problems with Custody Recommendations": What Now?, Thomas Grisso

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Impact of referral source and study applicants' preference for randomly assigned service on research enrollment, service engagement, and evaluative outcomes, Cathaleene Macias, Paul J. Barreira, William A. Hargreaves, Leonard Bickman, William H. Fisher, and Elliot Aronson

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Weekly community interviews with high-risk participants: operational issues, Carol A. Schubert, Edward P. Mulvey, Charles W. Lidz, William P. Gardner, and Jennifer L. Skeem

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Use of child custody as leverage to improve treatment adherence, Joanne Nicholson

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Assessing consumer satisfaction in the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, Jonathan Delman and Richard H. Beinecke

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Family Members with Overlapping Mental Health Needs Require the Transformation of Systems and Services, Joanne Nicholson, Kathleen Biebel, Beth R. Hinden, Valerie Williams, Bernice Gershenson, and Judith Katz-Leavy

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Deficits in testosterone facilitate enhanced fear response, Jean A. King, Washington L. De Oliveira, and Nihal Patel

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State child mental health efforts to support youth in transition to adulthood, Maryann Davis and Diane L. Sondheimer

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E Pluribus Unum: Creating a Multi-Organizational Structure for Serving Arrestees with Serious Mental Illness, Jonathan C. Clayfield, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., William H. Fisher, and Kristen M. Roy-Bujnowski

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State Efforts To Expand Transition Supports for Young Adults Receiving Adult Public Mental Health Services, Maryann Davis and Bethany Hunt

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Summary of Center for Mental Health Services Youth Transition Policy Meeting: National Experts Panel, Maryann Davis and Chris Koyanagi

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Do Adult MH Services Need to be Developmentally Appropriate?, Maryann Davis and Valerie F. Williams

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HCR-20 Violence Risk Assessment Scheme: Overview and Annotated Bibliography, Kevin S. Douglas, Laura S. Guy, Kim A. Reeves, and John Weir

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Clinical Evaluations for Juveniles' Competence to Stand Trial: A Guide for Legal Professionals, Thomas Grisso

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Evaluating Juveniles' Adjudicative Competence: A Guide for Clinical Practice, Thomas Grisso

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Mental Health Screening and Assessment in Juvenile Justice, Thomas Grisso, Gina M. Vincent, and Daniel Seagrave

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Family and Network Therapy Training for a System of Care: “A Pedagogy of Hope”, Mary E. Olson

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Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons With Co-Occurring Disorders, Stanley Sacks, Richard K. Ries, Douglas M. Ziedonis, and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

Publications from 2004

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Longitudinal patterns of offending during the transition to adulthood in youth from the mental health system, Maryann Davis, Steven M. Banks, William H. Fisher, and Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr.

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Impulsive-aggressive traits, serotonin function, and alcohol-enhanced aggression, Carl E. Fulwiler, Joy Eckstine, and Sapna Kalsy

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Characteristics of Children and Adolescents Admitted to a Residential Treatment Center, Daniel F. Connor, Leonard A. Doerfler, Peter F. Toscano Jr., Adam M. Volungis, and Ron Steingard

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Reply to "A Critical Review of Published Competency-to-Confess Measures", Thomas Grisso

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Screening for Malingered Psychopathology in a Correctional Setting: Utility of the Miller-Forensic Assessment of Symptoms Test (M-FAST), Laura S. Guy and Holly A. Miller

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Together for Kids: Second Year Report : A Project of Community Healthlink, Inc., Lynn Hennigan, Carole C. Upshur, and Melodie Wenz-Gross

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Prevalence, severity, and co-occurrence of chronic physical health problems of persons with serious mental illness, Danson R. Jones, Cathaleene Macias, Paul J. Barreira, William H. Fisher, William A. Hargreaves, and Courtenay M. Harding

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The responsiveness of State Mental Health Authorities to parents with mental illness, Kathleen Biebel, Joanne Nicholson, Valerie Williams, and Beth R. Hinden

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Anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and depression in patients with coronary heart disease: a practical review for cardiac rehabilitation professionals, Leonard A. Doerfler and John A. Paraskos

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Relationships Between Treatment Components, Client-Level Factors, and Positive Treatment Outcomes, Robert G. Orwin, Bruce Ellis, Valerie F. Williams, and Michael Maranda

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Asylum within and without asylums, Jeffrey L. Geller and Joseph P. Morrissey

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Stress, social support, and cortisol: inverse associations, Milagros C. Rosal, Jean A. King, Yunsheng Ma, and George W. Reed

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fMRI of generalized absence status epilepticus in conscious marmoset monkeys reveals corticothalamic activation, Jeffrey R. Tenney, Paul C. Marshall, Jean A. King, and Craig F. Ferris

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Mental health courts and the lesson learned in juvenile court, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr. and Jonathan C. Clayfield

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Relationship between race and ethnicity and forensic clinical triage dispositions, Debra A. Pinals, Ira K. Packer, William H. Fisher, and Kristen M. Roy-Bujnowski

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Identifying Subtypes of Civil Psychiatric Patients at High Risk for Violence, Jennifer L. Skeem, Edward P. Mulvey, Paul S. Appelbaum, Steven M. Banks, Thomas Grisso, Eric Silver, and Pamela Clark Robbins

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Service quality as measured by service fit and mortality among public mental health system service recipients, H. Stephen Leff, James C. McPartland, Steven M. Banks, Bruce Dembling, William H. Fisher, and I. Elaine Allen

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Community-based, acute posttraumatic stress management: a description and evaluation of a psychosocial-intervention continuum, Robert D. Macy, Lenore Behar, Robert Paulson, Jonathan Delman, Lisa Schmid, and Stefanie F. Smith

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A Multiple-Models Approach to Violence Risk Assessment Among People with Mental Disorder, Steven M. Banks, Pamela Clark Robbins, Eric Silver, Roumen Vesselinov, Henry J. Steadman, John Monahan, Edward P. Mulvey, Paul S. Appelbaum, Thomas Grisso, and Loren H. Roth

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FMRI of brain activation in a genetic rat model of absence seizures, Jeffrey R. Tenney, Timothy Q. Duong, Jean A. King, and Craig F. Ferris

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Therapeutic misconception in clinical research: frequency and risk factors, Paul S. Appelbaum, Charles W. Lidz, and Thomas Grisso

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Programs for Families with Parental Mental Illness: Results of a US National Survey, Joanne Nicholson, Beth R. Hinden, Kathleen Biebel, Alexis D. Henry, and Lawrence Stier

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Managed mental health care's effects on arrest and forensic commitment, William H. Fisher, Sharon-Lise T. Normand, Barbara Dickey, Ira K. Packer, Albert J. Grudzinskas Jr., and Hocine Azeni

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Medicaid everywhere, Jeffrey L. Geller

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Neural substrates underlying impulsivity, Jean A. King, Jeffrey R. Tenney, Victoria Rossi, Lauralea Colamussi, and Stacy Burdick

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Prenatal nicotine exposure and behavior, Victoria Rossi, Tara L. Messenger, D. Peters, Craig F. Ferris, and Jean A. King

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Therapeutic misconception and the appreciation of risks in clinical trials, Charles W. Lidz, Paul S. Appelbaum, Thomas Grisso, and Michelle Renaud

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Substance Abuse and the Functioning of Transition-Aged Youth with Psychiatric Disorders, Maryann Davis, Valerie Williams, and Bernice Gershenson

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Predictive validity of the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version for general and violent recidivism, Raymond R. Corrado, Gina M. Vincent, Stephen D. Hart, and Irwin M. Cohen

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Validity and structure of a self-report measure of youth psychopathy, Frances J. Lexcen, Gina M. Vincent, and Thomas Grisso

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End-of-life care and mental illness: a model for community psychiatry and beyond, Philip J. Candilis, Mary Ellen G. Foti, and Jacob C. Holzer

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Crossing the Mental Health Care Quality Chasm in Massachusetts, Jonathan Delman

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Activation of neural pathways associated with sexual arousal in non-human primates, Craig F. Ferris, Charles T. Snowdon, Jean A. King, John M. Sullivan, Toni E. Ziegler, David P. Olson, Nancy J. Schultz-Darken, Pamela L. Tannenbaum, Reinhold Ludwig, Ziji Wu, Almuth Einspanier, J. Thomas Vaughan, and Timothy Q. Duong

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A dual RF resonator system for high-field functional magnetic resonance imaging of small animals, Reinhold Ludwig, G. Bodgdanov, Jean A. King, A. Allard, and Craig F. Ferris

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Informed Consent: Clinical Aspects of Consent, Robert M. Arnold and Charles W. Lidz

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Testimony to Executive Office of Health and Human Services on Youth in Transition, Jonathan Delman, Sarah Entemann, and Jessel Paul Smith

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Introduction: Work and Mental Illness – A Brief Sociological and Historical Overview, William H. Fisher

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Double Jeopardy: Adolescent Offenders with Mental Disorders, Thomas Grisso

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What Does Competitive Employment Mean? A Secondary Analysis of Employment Approaches in the Massachusetts Employment Intervention Demonstration Project, Matthew Johnsen, Colleen E. McKay, Alexis D. Henry, and Thomas D. Manning

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Coercion, Charles W. Lidz

Publications from 2003

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Psychopathic traits predict attitudes toward a juvenile capital murderer, John F. Edens, Laura S. Guy, and Krissie Fernandez

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The validity of the Antisocial Process Screening Device as a self-report measure of psychopathy in adolescent offenders, Zina Lee, Gina M. Vincent, Stephen D. Hart, and Raymond R. Corrado

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Subtypes of adolescent offenders: affective traits and antisocial behavior patterns, Gina M. Vincent, Michael J. Vitacco, Thomas Grisso, and Raymond R. Corrado

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Changes in MRI signal intensity during hypercapnic challenge under conscious and anesthetized conditions, Mathew E. Brevard, Timothy Q. Duong, Jean A. King, and Craig F. Ferris

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Issues of ethics and identity in diagnosis of late life depression, Charles W. Lidz and Lisa S. Parker

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Psychosocial rehabilitation service needs of women, Carol T. Mowbray, Joanne Nicholson, and Chyrell D. Bellamy

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Achieving the goal of evidence-based psychiatric rehabilitation practices for mothers with mental illnesses, Joanne Nicholson and Alexis D. Henry

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Early intervention in schizophrenia: three frameworks for guiding ethical inquiry, Philip J. Candilis

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Aggressive behavior in abused children, Daniel F. Connor, Leonard A. Doerfler, Adam M. Volungis, Ron Steingard, and Richard H. Melloni