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Tribal youth victimization and juvenile delinquency: Understanding the connection to prevent the cycle

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $549,903)

Title of Study: Tribal youth victimization and juvenile delinquency: Understanding the connection to prevent the cycle

Prevent Child Abuse America in partnership with the National Indian Child Welfare Association and other partners (Purdue University, Macro International, and key Native American researchers) will use mixed methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection to increase knowledge of the extent and severity of tribal youth victimization and delinquency. The goals of the proposed research include enhancing knowledge of the severity and extent of tribal youth victimization in selected communities; enhancing knowledge of tribal adult caregivers' perceptions of youth victimization and assessing their knowledge of intervention/treatment resources for tribal youth; describing the tribal leadership knowledge of youth victimization, juvenile delinquency and prevention resources; providing details on the accessibility and resource availability of service providers; and summarizing the research study by informing the juvenile justice field on approaches to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. Project performance will be measured by the project's adherence to its established timeline and by the quality of deliverables. Note: Applicant requested $1.5 million for a 3 year study. OJJDP intends to fund the balance of the project ($950,097) in FY08, contingent upon available funding.

The proposed study is a continuation of work funded by OJJDP in 2007. The study is currently completing the first year of a three-year plan. The first year objectives include the development and testing of survey instruments, informed by secondary analysis and focus groups with AI/AN youth and adults. The survey instruments will be used in the proposed work (Years 2 and 3 of the study) to improve our understanding of tribal youth victimization and juvenile delinquency.

Date Created: September 25, 2007