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OJJDP Journal of Juvenile Justice, Volume 2, Issue 2, Spring 2013

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Date Published
May 2013
101 pages
This fourth issue of the Journal of Juvenile Justice contains articles on whether family-focused juvenile probation services reduce recidivism; the strains on serious juvenile offenders adjusting to incarceration; the one-family, one-judge model of decisionmaking in juvenile dependency and delinquency cases; and articles on the effects of parental and teacher rejection among court involved adolescent females, an evaluation of the impact of Functional Family Therapy on the behavior of at-risk youth, and resiliency factors and decisionmaking among under-served youth.
“Family-Focused Juvenile Reentry Services: A Quasi-Experimental Design Evaluation of Recidivism Outcomes” reports on a study that found such services reduced juvenile recidivism to a greater extent than standard aftercare services. “An Outcome-based Evaluation of Functional Family Therapy for Youth with Behavioral Problems” reports on a study that found only youth who received FFT had a significant reduction in emotional and behavioral needs and risk behaviors. “One Family, One Judge Practice Effects on Children: Permanency Outcomes on Case Closure and Beyond” reports on a study that found the implementation of such a model made it more likely that juveniles would be reunited with their families through dismissal of case petitions and to be reunited within 12 months after removal from the home. “Parental Acceptance-Rejection Theory and Court-Involved Adolescent Females: An Exploration of Parent-Child Relationships and Student-Teacher Relationships” presents a study that found court-involved adolescent females experienced low levels of acceptance from parents and teachers, which was linked to psychological distress and social problems. “Relating Resilience Factors and Decision Making in Two Groups of Underserved Adolescents: Implications for Intervention” reports on a study that indicates differences in psychosocial environments influenced the quality of decision-making among underprivileged youth. “An Examination of the Early “Strains” of Imprisonment Among Young Offenders Incarcerated for Serious Crimes” draws implications for custodial screening and programming.

Date Published: May 1, 2013